Owner devastated after pet sheep mauled

“Nothing deserves to die like that.” Those are the words Chris Grass said following the death of her pet sheep Custard.

Chris thought her sheep were safe at a lifestyle property in Hyland Place Waiuku. Unfortunately, she got a call last Friday morning from the land owners letting her know that one of her ewes had been killed, mauled to death by a dog. Two sheep were at the property, but only one was killed. Dr Matt Avery from Vet Care in Waiuku confirmed that Custard’s cause of death was from a dog, but as of yet, no dog has been caught.

“Someone knows. The dog would have returned home covered in blood, wreaking of lanolin,” Chris said. Custard the sheep had lived at the semi-rural property for two years, with fellow sheep
Lambington.

“I’d had stock there for a number of years, now I’ve had to move Lambington.”

The sheep mauling is the latest in a number throughout the district, with stock owners calling for dog owners to keep tabs on their animals. Chris is concerned that it could happen again. “The dog could kill again. It could attack anybody. It could be a kid next,” she said.

The owner said Custard was just like a pet. “She’d eat anything you bought her. She’d give kiss nibbles on my chin and face. She was a lovely girl. I’m just gutted. I’m absolutely devastated.” Custard was attacked at three different points in the field.

“If you can’t look after your dog, don’t have one,” Chris said. She hopes that the owner will come forward. “It’s the law, and it’s the right thing to do.” She thanks the community for the support and for sharing her original Facebook post, and hopes everyone will remain vigilant. “It’s our town, we need to look after it. It is lesson for everybody, unfortunately at Custard’s expense,” Chris said.

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