A cat has been left injured after owners told their dog to attack the cat, which was relaxing with it’s owner and friends.
Inspector Gina was called out to Camp Elsdon by a very distressed cat owner.
It is reported by several witnesses that a couple (male and female) were walking a large, muscular dog, predominantly white with tan patches, through Colonial Knob.
The victim, a 10 year old cat, was enjoying the sunshine with his owner and friends within the Camp boundaries.
Upon seeing the cat from the trail they were on, the dog owners told the dog to “sic’ em” repeatedly, and continued to encourage the dog after he had caught the cat.
The attack lasted approximately 20-30 seconds, and only ended thanks to the quick thinking actions of a fellow camper, who ran towards the dog yelling. This startled the dog to drop the cat and run back to his owners, who purportedly laughed before continuing through Colonial Knob and out of sight.
The cat has sustained considerable injuries, the most serious of which is a broken pelvis that has rendered him unable to walk. He is currently under vet care.
Inspector Gina says, “It is incredibly concerning that a dog is being actively encouraged to bait other animals. It is especially concerning that the attack was instigated unprovoked and with witnesses present. I am very concerned this will not be an isolated incident – or that this behaviour may escalate if the perpetrators are not found. If anyone was around the area this morning, and has any information which may be useful, please call 0800 INSPECTOR”
– SPCA WELLINGTON