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Invercargill City Council (ICC) staff have impounded a dog which may been involved in killing a smaller dog three weeks ago.
The Rottweiler was believed to be one of two large dogs which attacked and killed a bichon frise in Mary St, Richmond, on June 30 and bit its owner on the hand, ICC animal services compliance team leader Kerry Kawe said yesterday.
The incident was under investigation and the Rottweiler's owner was being spoken to, he said.
Legal advice was being sought on whether the owner would be charged, he said.
However, the Rottweiler was not believed to have been the dog involved in two other incidents in the last week of June, Mr Kawe said.
A Chihuahua was attacked and killed by two dogs believed to be a Rottweiler and a German shepherd in Lithgow St, Glengarry, on June 28.
Early the next day, a man was chased by two dogs described as Rottweilers in Bamborough St, Richmond.
Mr Kawe said investigations so far indicated the Mary St incident was "a unique attack''.
"We think the Lithgow and Bamborough incidents could be different dogs. Thanks to help from the public, we have impounded a couple of suspects [dogs] from the Lithgow St area, but we can't prove they were involved in anything.''