Dog played chicken once too often
A killer on the run from the law met a grisly end after running in front of traffic on the Bluff highway.
The perpetrator, a brown collarless dog, killed a chicken In Cushen St yesterday afternoon and was trying to evade an animal control officer when it was hit by a car.
Cushen St resident John Griffiths said he called the Invercargill City Council after a "nasty-looking dog" grabbed one of his neighbour's chickens.
When the animal control officer arrived to apprehend the chicken-killer, the dog took off, he said.
"It seemed to know its way around, the way he was giving everyone the slip."
However, the officer returned with the dog, now dead, in his boot about 15 minutes later, Mr Griffiths said.
"He pushed his luck once too often on Bluff Rd. We never get excitement here - it's usually such a quiet street."
Invercargill City Council environment and compliance manager John Youngson said the animal control officer who attended the call was quite upset by the day's events.
"It's a bit unfortunate and that's the trouble when you try and chase them - they take off."
The dog was not microchipped and the council had not yet tracked down its owner.
If the owner did not come forward within a short time, the dog's body would be cremated, Mr Youngson said.
It was relatively common for dogs to kill chickens and cats, but the council had not received any complaints about this dog before, he said.
Cushen St resident Vikki Stewart, whose husband owned the chicken, said it was a shame the bird had been killed.
She was unsure what would happen to the chicken now.
"My neighbour's putting it in his compost, I think," she said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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