Four dogs locked up for menacing behaviour have been busted out of the South Taranaki pound.
Two pitbull-types and two labrador crosses were taken from the Beach Rd pound in Hawera around midnight on Sunday and police were notified of the burglary the next day.
Sergeant Lincoln McCrea said police had strong leads on who the offender was but still wanted to hear from witnesses.
South Taranaki District Council regulatory services manager Jim Single said the dogs were seized from their Hawera property and impounded on November 29, after numerous complaints of menacing behaviour, rushing at people and roaming on properties.
Single said the dogs often roamed in a pack and were "creating havoc around town" for a few weeks.
"To top it all off, the dogs were killing ducks at King Edward Park," Single said.
Two separate incidents were recorded on November 18 and November 27.
With the breaking-in, it just meant the dogs were now out and about again, Single said.
"One of the registered pitbulls should not be seen without muzzle and lead.
"It was in breach of the menacing classification," he said.
Single said the council would not hesitate to seize menacing dogs or prosecute dog owners who fail to comply with the Dog Control Act 1996.
Anyone with information should contact Hawera police on 06 278 0260 or CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.
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