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Dog attacked with machete a second time

Monday 23 April 2018 | Published in Crime


A dog has been attacked by someone wielding a machete for the second time in a month.

The incident occurred in Muri yesterday morning.

Kristina Higgins from Deli-Licious Café says “Ceaser” the dog had just finished recovering from a separate machete attack, when he was attacked again. The last incident occurred a few weeks ago. Ceaser showed up to the café and was bleeding heavily says Higgins.

The dog was immediately taken to Te Are Manu Veterinary Clinic, where it was treated with “multiple staples” in its head. Fortunately, Ceaser has survived the ordeal and is now on the road to recovery.

Higgins refuted claims on social media that the dog must have been at fault in some way, saying Ceaser did not cause any problems.

“I have no idea why anyone would want to do this” she says.

Ceaser is not the only dog who has been attacked in the area recently. Higgins says that late last year, a dog had its throat slit in a vicious attack. She claims another dog in the area has also received machete wounds to its head and back.

The maximum fine for someone found guilty of animal cruelty in the Cook Islands is just $20.00.

In 2015, the Cook Islands Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) campaigned for the maximum sentences to be raised.

It is understood that provision for heftier fines will be made in a new Agriculture Act, but there has been little or no progress on the legislation.

It was unknown yesterday whether the Cook Islands Police Service was looking into the incident.