Carcass dumped on picnic table
Frank Galvin thought he'd seen everything on his daily beach strolls.
The retiree has been walking along Weymouth Beach most mornings for the past year.
He's come across upturned shopping trolleys, overflowing rubbish bags and an old sofa submerged in a creek.
Earlier this month he even found an abandoned chilly bin half-full of rotting fish.
But nothing could have prepared the Clendon Park man for what he saw last week.
Mr Galvin had reached the top of the pathway leading down from Palmers Rd when he spotted a sheep carcass lying on a picnic table.
The headless and bloodied remains had been stripped of the meat and left to decay.
Mr Galvin says he was "absolutely shocked" to see a dead sheep at the bottom of a suburban street.
"I just can't understand the mentality of why you'd do something like that," he says. "I thought I'd seen everything when I saw the rotten fish but then I saw the sheep carcass."
Mr Galvin has lived in the area for eight years and says he's never seen anything that disgusting.
He's sick of people dumping their trash at the beach and says he's constantly on the phone to Auckland Council about getting it cleaned up.
He's not sure where the sheep was killed or whether it was stolen from somebody's farm.
But those responsible need to be caught either way, he says.
"I'd really like to see the people found because it's so unhealthy. This is where people want to sit and have their sandwiches."
Council bylaws forbid the slaughter of animals on residential property.
They also forbid disposing of an animal carcass in a public place or anywhere that could "create a nuisance to any person", except in the case of "unavoidable necessity".
The government also has strict laws around the slaughter of animals.
Slaughter must be carried out on licensed premises and those involved must have a risk management programme in place to prevent health problems and animal suffering.
A council spokesperson says carcasses aren't something council staff regularly come across in South Auckland.
The council can issue a bylaw infringement notice if the culprit is caught in the act or if they can be identified, the spokesperson says.
"Unfortunately, in this instance we do not have enough information to take further action."
Call Auckland Council on 09 301 0101 if you find illegally dumped carcasses.