Larry the lamb. Photo supplied.
A beloved pet lamb was stolen and later dumped with a
smashed head and set on fire outside its Dunedin home early
yesterday, police say.
The burning lamb was spotted dumped on the front door step of
a Corstorphine home by neighbours, and police were called to
the Clermiston Ave property at 1.30am.
Andrew Naziris (28) said he had no idea about the incident
until police knocked at his door, He found the gruesome
charred carcass of Larry the lamb, who normally lived
tethered at the rear of his property.
The lamb's head had been crushed and it had substantial burns
to its body, Constable Brent Mitchell said.
''Whether it was alive or dead when it was burnt, either way
it has met a fairly cruel and unnecessary way to die.''
The lamb was the family pet of Matt Johnston (28), and his
young daughter ''absolutely loved him, loved him to bits''.
''It is absolutely horrible.''
Larry, who spent is first few weeks living inside and was
regularly bottle fed by his daughter, was to turn one in
He was yet to tell his 2-year-old daughter about the
incident, as ''they were best friends''.
''Larry is a member of our family, and I think it is
absolutely horrific what they have done. We are after
Police had evidence indicating the lamb ''may have been taken
to a nearby address where there was a group of people who may
have been drinking''.
That evidence indicated the sheep may have been taken to the
party, before being returned to its home, he said.
''We have spoken to some people at the party and they claim
to have no knowledge of the incident,'' Const Mitchell said.
There was no known ''bad blood'' between individuals, he
saidPolice took cruelty to animals seriously and anyone with
information was urged to contact their nearest police