Emotions are running high in Kumara on the West Coast after
at least 21 chickens were killed by a marauding dog in
night-time raids on local chicken coops.
Over the past couple of months, a number of residents in and
around Greenstone Road and Seddon Street, along the western
edge of the town, have woken up to find their chicken runs
had been forced open and birds destroyed.
One woman, who declined to be named, said she lost four
roosters and three chickens over the weekend.
"It's really annoying, bloody sad."
Someone had spotted the dog in her chicken run and recognised
it, but did not know who it belonged to and had not seen it
"We've locked (the chickens) up really well at night, and
done all the chook runs up. We shouldn't have to. It's not
Another resident said both of her chickens had been killed,
even though her chicken run was completely fenced in and
"One was just completely eaten. All that was left was the egg
she was going to give me. I'm too scared to get any more
(chickens) until something's resolved."
She said the situation was "horrible" and a lot of residents
"People just think they're only chooks, but that's not the
"We've had a problem in Kumara for some time now with roaming
dogs. You have your suspicions but you can't say for
Westland District Council dog control officers had visited
Kumara a number of times, but so far no one knew who owned
the rogue dog was or exactly where it came from.
At least four households in the town had been affected so
SPCA Hokitika manager Louise Royal said the dog control
investigation was still under way and she declined to comment
- Christine Linnell of the Greymouth Star