Reprieve for sheep-mauling spaniels
Two pet spaniels who mauled a sheep last month have escaped a death sentence, despite a witness of the attack calling for their destruction.
The dogs, who attacked a sheep and began eating it alive near Kew Rd on December 19, were initially kept at the pound, but were returned to their owner while Invercargill City Council investigated the incident.
Council environmental health manager John Youngson said the council had decided not to destroy the dogs, instead classifying them as menacing.
Menacing dogs have to be muzzled and leashed when in public, and are to be kept on a secure property.
Council staff had made sure the property was secure before the dogs were returned to their owner, and would continue to undertake inspections, he said.
The Southland Times