Two dogs dead, one still at large, after man believed to be mauled to death

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Police impulse  radical   to telephone  111 if they spot    the stray dogs successful  the Far North municipality  of Panguru. (File photo)

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Police impulse radical to telephone 111 if they spot the stray dogs successful the Far North municipality of Panguru. (File photo)

Two dogs person been killed, with 1 severely injured, but inactive astatine large, after a antheral was believed to person been mauled to death.

A constabulary country introspection is acceptable to beryllium completed connected Friday evening aft the decease of an older man, who reportedly had 25 dogs connected his property, successful the tiny Far North municipality of Panguru.

A post-mortem introspection of the antheral is owed to beryllium carried retired connected Saturday, constabulary said, and they volition stay astatine the country overnight.

Locals said the antheral who died was “kind and generous”, a idiosyncratic who recovered comfortableness successful the institution of his canines.

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Father Maliu ‘Otutaha, the reverend astatine St Peter’s Panguru, said radical successful the tiny colony were “very sad”.

“He was precise progressive successful the assemblage and a large enactment to people,” ‘Otutaha said of the retired builder.

“He built his ain whare and taught immoderate of the young ones however to build.”

‘Otutaha said the antheral lived unsocial and “his canine was his comfortableness successful a consciousness – his companion”.

He said the man’s grown children were travelling backmost to the house.

“It was precise bittersweet for the assemblage to suffer him, due to the fact that helium was precise benignant and generous.”

While constabulary continued to investigate, the assemblage had been connected precocious alert overnight connected Thursday and during Friday for 3 dogs inactive connected the escaped successful the area.

Far North District Council said determination were astir 25 dogs connected the property, but immoderate were young puppies and nary were registered. The assembly was assisting constabulary successful the matter.

Local Henare Te Wake said determination was a spot of interest astir the situation, particularly arsenic constabulary are inactive successful the area.

Puketawa Rd successful  Panguru is simply a rural, unsealed roadworthy  successful  the tiny  community. (File photo)

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Puketawa Rd successful Panguru is simply a rural, unsealed roadworthy successful the tiny community. (File photo)

Te Wake said the antheral who died kept to himself recently, but was known astir the community.

“He’s astatine bid now.”

Tangiroa Karena, the chairperson of adjacent Waipuna Marae, said the incidental had rocked the tight-knit assemblage successful northbound Hokianga.

“When thing similar that happens successful your small community, it truly impacts connected each of us.”

Karena did not cognize the dormant antheral good but said helium looked aft his dogs and each his animals.

“We don’t cognize however it happened yet ... whether they were warring and helium tried to interruption it up oregon what,” helium said.

Waipuna Marae successful  Panguru present  displays a statue of Dame Whina Cooper, immortalised for her 1975 Land March.

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Waipuna Marae successful Panguru present displays a statue of Dame Whina Cooper, immortalised for her 1975 Land March.

“Our condolences spell to him and his [adult] children.”

Building enactment was nether mode astatine Waipuna Marae, truthful it was already closed for nationalist gatherings similar hui oregon tangi, but the operation workers had been warned to beryllium connected alert for the animals, helium said.

Waipuna Marae was the marae of Dame Whina Cooper and present displays a statue successful her honour.

On Thursday, constabulary said archetypal indications suggested the antheral died from a canine attack. The decease appeared to not beryllium suspicious, a spokesperson said.

Four of the dogs connected the spot got escaped and were behaving aggressively.

Police assessed the dogs arsenic a hazard to their information and – successful the process of trying to incorporate them – changeable and killed 1 of the dogs. Two others person since been enactment down.

Members of the nationalist were urged to debar immoderate stray dogs successful the country and to telephone 111 instantly if they are seen.

Police said they were incapable to supply a statement of the animals successful volved successful the onslaught astatine this stage.

A country defender remained successful spot astatine the code connected Puketawa Rd, Panguru.

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