Cruelty charge follows dog attack

21:37, Oct 25 2010

A Cromwell woman has been charged with animal cruelty after an incident at Pisa Moorings during Labour Weekend.

Sergeant Mike Williams, of Cromwell, said the woman's two pit bull-type dogs were destroyed after attacking and injuring another dog on Saturday afternoon.

The woman, in her early 20s, was charged with two counts of owning dogs that attack and one charge of animal cruelty.

The dogs were not on leads when they attacked and the animal cruelty charge was laid given the woman's alleged actions when she arrived at the scene, he said.

Police were waiting to interview witnesses and the woman is expected to appear in the Alexandra District Court on November 17.

It follows the publication at the weekend of the annual list of shame by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Young people in the lower South Island were among the worst offenders in cases of animal abuse and neglect, the SPCA said.

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