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Case ID: 16177
Classification: Drowning
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Friday, Jan 1, 2010

Disposition: Open

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A dog was tied to a 10kg weight and drowned near a Wellington beach in what the SPCA says is "the most severe case" of animal cruelty this year.

The bloated body of the tan-coloured mastiff-type cross was found on the shore near Titahi Bay on Monday night.

A collar with a green weight attached was found nearby, the Dominion Post reported.

An initial autopsy found the female dog, about four years old, had been dead at least three days and probably drowned.

Wellington SPCA animal welfare inspector Brett Lahman said the collar and matching lead showed it was likely a family dog.

"It is certainly the most severe case we've seen this year. It would be hard to top it for the rest of the year," he said.


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