Media: Rotorua Daily Post
Topic: Roaming dogs
From Animal Control Team Lead Dylan Wright:
Council's Animal Control team were first alerted to the attack at Puriri Crescent by SPCA staff who were initially contacted by the witness to tend to the injured dog.
An Animal Control officer visited the witness who was only able to provide a general description of the two dogs involved in the attack.
The attack was reported to Council sometime later by the owner of the dog which was attacked.
These dogs have not been identified nor were they previously known to Council. Prior to this attack, Council was alerted to two attacks on animals in nearby areas. A dog trap was left at one of the properties to try and capture the offending dog(s) however as there were no witnesses in either instance, Council cannot be sure that it was the same dogs.
The Animal Control unit have also increased patrols in the Hillcrest area.
We would like to encourage anyone who witnesses roaming dogs to report them direct to Council on 07 348 4199 (24/7) as soon as possible with as much information as they are able.
We understand that often people do not report roaming dogs or will choose to post photos on social media for fear the dog or owner will be punished. However we need these reports so we can try and avoid the situation wherein an animal or person is attacked.
It is the owner's responsibility to ensure their dogs are secured on their own property at all times. If dogs are not out roaming then attacks like this would not happen.