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A Dunedin resident is calling for information on the ''awful'' death of four ducks in the Helensburgh area.
Thames Haldane said she was driving in Wakari Rd yesterday afternoon when she saw a mother duck and three older ducklings dead in a patch of grass.
''At first I thought maybe someone had shot them.''
After closer inspection and asking people on social media she concluded they were more likely beaten, or killed by dogs.
The scene was ''awful'', she said. ''I started crying. It's a really busy area so people were looking at me weirdly. I didn't know what to do. Four of them were dead. There were only two babies left.''
She saw the ducks ''playing in the sun'' just the day before.
Ms Haldane posted pictures on social media to see if anyone had information.
She contacted the Dunedin City Council and was told there was little it could do except remove the bodies.