Dog found beaten, with throat cut
The SPCA is appealing for public help after a badly-beaten dog with a slit throat was found on the side of the road near Ohoka.
A passerby found the dog on Main Drain Road at Ohoka late on Sunday, and called the SPCA's Animal Ambulance.
The dog, a male tri-colour Huntaway cross, was found with its throat cut and "evidence of having sustained a beating to the head", SPCA Canterbury chief executive Barry Helem said.
"This was obviously a very distressing sight and we believe that the dog would have suffered unreasonable pain or distress," Helem said.
"Under the Code of Welfare for dogs the recommended best practice for euthanasia is that when necessary, dogs should be euthanised by a veterinarian or if not available, shot by a person fully competent in the use of firearms."
Helem said the dog's death appeared to be inhumane.
"This dog appears to have had its jaw broken, possibly in an effort to stun it before cutting its throat."
The fact that there was a trail of blood indicates the dog may have been able to move a short distance before dying."
Its body was now in the custody of SPCA Canterbury. It is not micro-chipped.
Killing an animal in a manner that causes it unreasonable or unnecessary pain or distress is an offence. Offenders can face a maximum penalty of up to 3 years imprisonment, a $50,000 fine or both upon conviction.
The SPCA are appealing to anyone who may recognise the dog, or know anything about the circumstances of its death to contact the SPCA's Inspectorate Manager on (03) 349 7057.