Goats mauled to death

Monday April 16, 2018 Written by Published in Local
Six goats died earlier this month after a pack of dogs mauled them to death in Kavera. Six goats died earlier this month after a pack of dogs mauled them to death in Kavera.

The Cook Islands SPCA has called for dog owners to ensure that their animals have been neutered and are being properly cared for after six goats were mauled to death in Kavera earlier this month.

Two more goats sustained serious injuries and unfortunately had to be put down.

Posting on their Facebook page, the Cook Islands SPCA asked for people to either “commit” to owning a dog, or to not have them at all.

According to the post, if dogs are not fed properly or exercised daily, a “pack mentality” may develop, and “horrible mauling incidents” such as this one may occur.

The SPCA says that it is mainly “handfuls of uncared-for dogs” that join together and “instinctively hunt”. They say that these few uncared-for animals are tainting the reputation of the island’s dogs.

The SPCA estimates that there are approximately 6000 dogs on the island of Rarotonga, most of which are “well-loved family pets”.

Instead of following Aitutaki’s example of banning dogs entirely, the SPCA says that they choose to focus on educating dog owners, as well as raising money for a mass neutering project that they hope will see more than 1500 dogs neutered.

A dog trainer who has spent time volunteering for the Bali Animal Welfare Association says that the dogs in Rarotonga “have come a long way”, but the SPCA admits that there is still a lot of progress to be made.

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