A Green Island man man used a pair of hedge clippers to
attack his dog because he was angry the animal had urinated
on a mat in the kitchen.
Jason Karl Blackler (44), painter, had been drinking alcohol
with his partner at their Green Island home when the dog wet
the mat and Blackler became enraged, the Dunedin District
Court heard yesterday.
He picked up a pair of hedge clippers from the garage,
calling for the dog which was by then cowering under the
deck. He chased the animal down the driveway, trapping it
against the fence then began chopping and stabbing at it,
injuring the dog's upper chest and shoulder area.
When Blackler's partner screamed at him to leave the dog
alone, he sat down in the garage and rolled a cigarette. And
when his partner said he had ''really hurt the dog'',
Blackler replied ''Should I get an axe and chop off his head
and finish him?''prosecutor Sergeant Chris George told the
The police arrived and found the defendant and his partner
inside the garage arguing. When the officers opened the
garage door, a mastiff cross dog came at them, growling and
snarling and headed directly towards the police dog.
Police sprayed the dog to get it under control and Blackler
came out of the garage swearing and yelling. He was
aggressive and confrontational, ordering the officers from
the property. He ignored instructions to calm down or he
would be sprayed and continued to advance on police who
pepper-sprayed and arrested him.
The animal sustained life-threatening injuries, which
included a large laceration to its shoulder and two to three
puncture wounds to the chest. Blackler admitted obstructing
police and wilfully ill-treating the dog so as to cause it
serious injury and prolonged suffering.
He was remanded for sentence on February 20 and Judge Dominic
Flatley refused to grant him bail.
The judge said the incident was ''a violent, disgusting
attack'' on an animal - ''your dog''. Given hurting animals
could indicate psychological difficulties, he was ''unsure
what's going on here'' and said he was not prepared to grant