Dog owner claims woman attacked greyhound, then her, at Auckland dog park

Goldie the greyhound's owner claims he was kicked by another dog owner at Meola Reef Dog Park.
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Goldie the greyhound's owner claims he was kicked by another dog owner at Meola Reef Dog Park.

A woman says her greyhound was kicked and she was physically and racially abused by a dog owner at an Auckland dog park.

New Windsor resident Jacquelyn Wan said she took her dog Goldie for a walk at Meola Reef Reserve on July 4 and was so traumatised by her experience she would not be returning.

Goldie was playing with a husky inside the gated park when a little dog started playing with them too, she said.

Meola Reef Reserve has a large fenced area for dogs to run around off leash.
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Meola Reef Reserve has a large fenced area for dogs to run around off leash.

The owner of the small dog, a woman, grabbed Goldie by the collar before making a racist comment towards Wan, she said.

"He was so scared," Wan said.

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Wan said she immediately left the park and was washing Goldie's feet at the carpark when the woman approached Wan, accusing Goldie of injuring her dog.

Wan said she offered to take the small dog to the vet to get checked out but was again verbally abused by the woman.

"She was shouting really loud and other people were coming to the park at that point.

"She then kicked my dog and my immediate reaction was to cover my dog. She then pushed me to the ground."

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Both Goldie and Wan were "petrified", she said.

"It was an awful experience and I'm definitely not going back there."

Wan reported the incident to Auckland Council, police and the SPCA.

Wan said there was bad animal control at Meola Park, which was echoed by other dog owners on social neighbourhood website Neighbourly.

Marjory Vinet from Westmere has been taking her dogs to the park more than 30 years and says behaviour is getting worse.

"My very placid lab was attacked by two malamutes a few months ago and I am not so keen on going there now."

Lisa Finucane from Pt Chevalier said one of the challenges was the limited space for the increasing number of dogs using the space.

"Cramped conditions contribute to anti-social behaviour," she said.

"There are bad mannered dogs, and people, but with the relatively small area there's no room to separate trouble spots."

Auckland Council's animal management manager Tracey Moore said Meola Reef had a relatively high rate of aggressive incidents due to its popularity.

She said animal management aimed to have a frequent and visible presence in the reserve to reduce the incidents.

"We undertake frequent proactive patrols in the area, the most recent of which was July 10."

Moore encouraged anyone who has their dog attacked or witnessed an attack at the park to call Animal Management immediately.

"We are not aware of any repeat offenders in the reserve."

A police spokeswoman said they were making enquiries into the incident involving Wan.

 - Stuff

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