Dogs maul seal to death
Eastern Waikato Police are crediting the sharp eyes of a member of the public in helping locate the owner of two dogs that fatally injured a seal in Tairua yesterday.
Senior Constable Matt Goodman said the public made calls to police and other agencies to report the incident shortly after midday.
"A small seal had been reported by joggers and walkers on the beach in Tairua's inner harbour in the morning and the local Harbour Master had gone down to check it was ok,'' Goodman said.
"Then about 12.20pm two Pitt-bull type dogs were seen to attack the seal, causing fatal injuries.''
Goodman said the animals were seen being put into a car that drove off but a member of the public quickly relayed the vehicle's registration number to police.
He said the information helped police locate the vehicle owner.
"This man has been spoken to by police and was confirmed as being the dogs' owner,'' Goodman said.
''We are currently conducting an investigation with the Department of Conservation and the Thames Coromandel District Council to determine what, if any, charges may result from the incident.''
Goodman said the attack was ''obviously a traumatic'' for a number of people who saw or who had interacted with the seal prior to the incident.
''Police would like to remind dog owners of their responsibilities for their animals."