“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
“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.Since you’re here… we have a small favour to ask. More and more people want the Post than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. The Post’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. With investigative reporting, we often don't know at the beginning how a story will unfold and how long it might take to uncover. This can mean it is costly – particularly as we often face legal threats that attempt to stop our reporting. But we remain committed to raising important questions and exposing wrongdoing. And we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too. If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps to support it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as NZ$5, you can support the Post – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Post