Animal control authorities on the West Coast say they are
sickened by the cruelty of someone who taped together a dog's
front legs and muzzle and left it to drown.
Westport woman Jeanette McClintock discovered the dog washed
up beside the Westport floating basin this morning.
"It's absolutely disgusting, it's appalling that anyone could
do something like that," Ms McClintock said.
The Buller District Council's senior animal control officer
Tracey Judd agreed.
"It's sickening, it's really disappointing the dog has
suffered," Mrs Judd said.
The adult male dog, possibly a pitbull cross, could have been
in the water about a week, she said. Its fur appeared to be
brown and white and it had no microchip.
Mrs Judd said there was no excuse for such cruelty when
animal control could have taken the unwanted dog.
"It's a bit of a shock, especially when all it takes is a
phone call to us, in confidence, to say "help me, I've got
this dog I don't want'."
She appealed for information from the public. "If anyone has
seen anything, they can report to us anonymously."
She planned to report the matter to the police.
- By Lee Scanlon of the Westport News