Two golden labrador puppies have been beaten to death and dumped on a popular walkway in Belmont.
SPCA Auckland chief executive Christine Kalin says the purebred, 8-week-old puppies, one male and one female, had severe head injuries.
They were found by a member of the public on a walkway off Eversleigh Rd on September 24.
Ms Kalin says from the initial investigation it appears the puppies had fragmented skulls, possibly from a blow with a large object.
"It's a horrific act. They're absolutely adorable puppies.
"How someone could do that to defenceless animals is beyond our understanding."
She says the dumping of the bodies in a well-used public place is disturbing.
They have been sent to a veterinary pathologist to determine the cause of death and SPCA officers are going door-to-door trying to find the puppies' owner.
The SPCA's Facebook post appealing for information was shared almost 800 times and attracted more than 100 comments.
"Shocking, horrifying, cannot believe what I've just read, it's made me feel sick," one user says.
Ms Kalin says the SPCA is very reliant on the public to be its eyes and ears.
"We need as much information as possible so we can piece this together and find the person or people responsible and hold them accountable."
She advises Belmont residents to keep an extra eye on their pets.
Call senior inspector Kevin Plowright on 256 7300 if you have any information.
The SPCA is seeking volunteers for its annual Auckland appeal which runs from November 8 to 10. The street appeal aims to raise awareness of the SPCA and funds to help care for unwanted and abused animals. Volunteers can take part for two hours or three days in an area suitable for them. Call 256 2520 or visit spca.org.nz/AnnualAppeal.aspx for more information.
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