Mana the Labrador, who was returned to his owner after
being taken and possibly used in a dogfight. Photo supplied
A Dunedin dognapping ended with the dramatic return of a
battered, bloody and traumatised puppy, whose owner believes
could have been the innocent victim of an organised dogfight.
Mana, an 8-month-old black Labrador, was unclipped from his
chain and snatched from his owner's St Kilda property on
"I went out to feed him after watching Shortland
Street, and he was gone," owner Horiana Clarke said.
A frantic two-hour search proved fruitless, and just minutes
after Ms Clarke returned home, her daughter heard a car door
slam outside at 9.30pm.
"I went to the window and there was the dog at the doorstep.
He was heavily traumatised, bleeding from the neck and jaw
area [and] his eye has been bitten."
Ms Clarke said she believed the dognapper set a "vicious" dog
or dogs on the puppy, and it might have been involved in an
organised dogfighting event.
Mana was later taken to the vet, who noted teeth marks and,
torn skin from under his jaw and eye. The dog was given
injections and antibiotics.
She said those people who took her puppy should know "what
goes around come around".
"There was no need for it. He is an innocent puppy that would
not hurt a fly.
"They [the dognappers] have a sick head."
Senior Sergeant Steve Aitken said he struggled to "understand
the mentality of the people who would allow a dog to be
injured in such a way".
Inquiries were continuing and anyone with information is
urged to contact Dunedin police.