A Tauranga man has been found guilty of ill-treating an
8-week-old puppy which suffered a deep puncture wound to the
top of the head and dental and cheek fractures in a prolonged
Aaron Paul Bidois was found guilty of a charge of
ill-treatment of an animal at the conclusion of a defended
hearing in the Tauranga District Court yesterday.
Bidois was fined $1500 plus court costs, and disqualified
from owning an animal for five years. The fine and $401.89
veterinary and prosecution costs must be paid to the Tauranga
His former neighbour told the court that on July 10 last year
she heard Bidois yelling at the puppy, then through opaque
wash-room glass saw him repeatedly strike the animal.
The puppy responded with "blood-curdling" screams and she
called 111, she told the court.
The two attending police officers said they found a sweaty
Bidois who "appeared exhausted", while the puppy was
"shaking, whimpering" and cowered when approached by Bidois.
The puppy was also wet and had a fresh wound on the top of
Bidois denied beating the pup and claimed a plate which had
fallen off the kitchen bench might have struck the puppy and
probably caused the injuries.
Bayfair Vets veterinarian Steve Alderson gave evidence that a
1.5cm-deep cut to the top of the puppy's head, a fracture to
a left pre-molar tooth and a small crack to the right
cheekbone were all recent injuries and consistent with the
dog having suffered multiple impacts and force.
Judge Christopher Harding said after hearing from Bidois he
was not able to accept his explanation about how the injuries
occurred, particularly given some of his evidence was
inconsistent with statements made to police and Tauranga SPCA
animal-welfare inspector Jason Blair.
"I don't doubt, in general, that you have been a responsible
dog owner in the past but for some reason on this occasion
you have lost control, and repeatedly applied force to the
puppy, which is completely unacceptable," the judge said.