Dog pound break-in caught on cameras

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A recent break-in at the Oamaru Dog Pound has the Waitaki District Council concerned more incidents may occur in the future.

Last Tuesday night, a member of the public broke into the pound and released a staffordshire cross, who was at the facility with two other dogs. The person was later caught and the staffy is now back with its owners.

Waitaki District Council regulatory service manager Lichelle Guyan said she hoped more dogs would not be taken from the pound.

“It’s something we are concerned about and could happen again if we don’t get out the fact that the person has been caught and has to pay an infringement notice.”

Mrs Guyan said because the person who broke into the pound had come forward, no charges were being laid against him.

“He has a $750 fine he will have to pay, and we hope this is going to put people off breaking into the pound in the future.”

The culprit was captured on the security cameras, which led to him being caught.

Break-ins at the dog pound have occurred twice in six months.

It is an offence to release a dog from custody and offenders can be fined up to $3000 under the Dog Control Act 1996.

“We are hopeful that us capturing the person who took the dog will hopefully put and end to break-ins at the dog pound,” Mrs Guyan said.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY