Fine for dog threat
A Woodstock man who threatened a person he believed had stolen his prized pet dogs has been fined $500.
Carl Rees Jeffrey, 43, appeared in Nelson District Court on Tuesday and admitted threatening with intent.
Prosecutor Sergeant Graeme Eden said Jeffrey went to the victim's address with two associates in October. He confronted a person and told him to give him his dog back otherwise he would be splattered all over the countryside.
The victim said he knew nothing about the dog and felt threatened by Jeffrey's demeanour.
Lawyer Luke Acland said Jeffrey's family pets were stolen in August and his partner had gone to some lengths to get them back.
She had gone to the police, SPCA, and had posted a $5000 reward.
He later received a tip the dogs had been poached and contacted animal control and police.
He then went to the property and asked to talk to a man about the dogs. Another person at the property said the man was out fishing.
The situation escalated, with threats traded on both sides.
Jeffrey was upset that he could not return the dogs and now believed they had been shot to hide the offending
Last month the Nelson Mail spoke to Jeffrey's partner Amra Wallace, who cut short her overseas travel after her english bull terrier-great dane cross and his daughter, a mastiff cross, were stolen.
The Nelson Mail