Community & Environment

Dog involved in attacks caught!

The blue heeler dog involved in a series of dog attacks at Claudelands Park in early January, has been caught by Hamilton City Council’s Animal Education and Control team.

The devastating attack on Jess and Dick Zinsli’s dog Beau at Claudelands Park on Saturday 12 January unfortunately resulted in Beau being euthanised due to severe injuries.

Following the attacks, Animal Education and Control increased patrols around the park and began its investigation.

The investigation ended with the dog involved in the attacks being signed over by its owners to Animal Education and Control on Saturday 2 February, which will result in the dog being put down.

Animal Education and Control Manager Susan Stanford says the team has done an amazing job to get to this point.

“We are very grateful for the community coming forward with so much information, without their statements we wouldn’t have be able to link back to the exact dog involved,” says Ms Stanford.

“It is a tough process making sure we link all the dots and the different statements together to make sure we are positive we’ve caught the right dog.

“This is a very emotional time for everyone, including the owners of all dogs involved and the witnesses. The owners of the blue heeler have been very cooperative.”

Animal Education and Control is responsible for the enforcement of dog control laws, dog owner education, school and community dog safety presentations, daily patrols and running the very successful Adopt-a-dog programme.


PHOTO: Animal Control Team Leader Peter Crocker and Officer Robert Bedford were involved in successfully tracing the dog involved in the attacks.

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