Rescue group alleges mistreatment
An animal rescue group claims a dog was allegedly mistreated after being killed with a captive bolt gun at the Invercargill City Council’s animal pound.
Paw Justice co-founder Craig Dunn said a video, showing the alleged mistreatment, was given to the animal justice organisation two weeks ago.
Dunn said he had seen captive bolt guns being used before, but he’d never seen a dog being kicked or stomped.
However, Invercargill City Council chief executive Richard King disputed the dog had been stomped on.
King said staff were, in fact, disengaging the animal from the equipment.
‘‘Nobody likes to see animals mistreated but that is not what is happening here.’’
King said a captive bolt gun was regularly used to kill animals because it was much safer than using a firearm.
Dunn said he questioned the staff training and their ability to euthanising of animals in their care.
Following the video’s release, Dunn has called for a ban on the use of captive bolt guns.
‘‘If the animal has to be euthanised, then it should be given a sedative to be calm and relaxed before it is given a lethal injection.
‘‘When you’re euthanising a dog in the courtyard with the other dogs there, the pheromones that come off from those dogs, that this is death, it’s coming – ratepayers don’t pay money to see council’s operate like this.’’
King said the council policy on dog euthanasia was that if an impounded dog is not claimed within seven days, and is deemed by an officer as unsuitable for rehoming, the dog will be euthanised by humane means.’’
The council introduced its captive bolt gun policy in April 2016, with the support of the local branch of SPCA.
‘‘In the past, the council euthanised dogs by using firearms or by taking the dogs to a vet to receive a lethal injection.
‘‘However, the process of lethal injection was stressful for both the dogs and staff,’’ King said. Bluff identity a ‘‘gentleman’s gentleman’’, has died. Morrison, 85, died at Southland Hospital on Wednesday. Long-time mate and cousin Fred Ryan said Morrison was a humorous and talented man. ’’Very popular with people. He was a man of the community down here, a very popular man.’’ Among his many deeds, he acted in the drama club, was a member of the RSA and recited the ode to the oyster at the annual Bluff Oyster Festival. Morrison had previously lived in Greenhills and Bluff and was living in Invercargill at the time of his death, Ryan said. ’’He was a humorous sort of a fella, Spencer, and a very talented sort of a bloke too. His daughter told me he wanted his ashes spread at Greenhills, where he lived.’’ Morrison’s funeral service will be held at the Bluff Town Hall on Monday.
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