Man broke into pound to liberate his pig dogs

A Feilding man broke into a dog pound to fetch his canine companions, which he thought were about to meet their maker.

On February 22, Daniel Cory Gavin's two cross-bred pig dogs were taken to the Waipukurau pound after killing a pet cat.

"Later that night Gavin went to the [pound]. He parked outside the front of the premises and climbed over the 2-metre-high security fence to gain entry into the yard," a police summary says.

Gavin, 31, lifted two gates off their hinges and reached his dogs, which he freed from their cages.

When police later spoke to him, Gavin said the dogs had since been imprisoned again in the pound and he was billed $1600 for their registration, micro-chipping and other fees.

In the Palmerston North District Court yesterday, Judge Grant Fraser said the offending was "unusual", but there was an explanation.

"You thought your dogs in the pound would be put down," he told Gavin.

As well as a burglary charge, Gavin was sentenced for possessing a firearm and on three charges of shoplifting when he was "absolutely desperate".

He was sentenced to three months of community detention and 100 hours of community work.

Manawatu Standard