Roaming dogs attack a cow tethered in swampland by the airport runway in 2017. FILE PHOTO/17051501
Multiple dog attacks on Rarotonga again have authorities scrambling resources.
While an animal desexing programme designed to tackle
dog issues on the island looks set to continue amid ongoing problems in getting
the matter under control, two separate incidents over the long weekend have
On Friday, a goat was reported to have been attacked
by three dogs at Black Rock while a tourist was reportedly bitten by a dog
while riding a motorcycle through Tutakimoa on Sunday.
“In terms of the dog attack incidents, the (dog)
owners were identified,” police spokesman Trevor Pitt said on Monday.
“So far, only the dog versus tourist case has been
resolved, we need to speak to the other owner.
“I’m told the dog cases are still being dealt with
Te Are Manu Vet Clinic, under the umbrella of the Dog
Registration and Animal Control Committee, completed its second round of desexing
clinics on the island – 20 in total across the punas, last week.
An estimated 350 dogs have been desexed across the 20
clinics, of those 150 were females. The service is free of charge.
On Wednesday, committee member Christian Mani said
continuity of the programme is an effective way of managing the dog population
on the island.
Meanwhile, in other reported incidents over the long
weekend, drunken behaviour and excessive noise again dominated police
The weekend’s reported incidents started off with the
arrest of a woman late Thursday afternoon, following a complaint of a dangerous
driver, who appeared intoxicated.
When detained at Tupapa, the woman became abusive and
uncooperative, police reported.
She was arrested and charged with drunken behaviour
and using profanity then remanded into jail.
She was then bailed on Friday to appear in court this
A blood specimen was also sought for analysis.
There were multiple noise complaints on the nights of
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Pitt said: “In some cases these did not require any
intervention as they had been wound up by the time officers got there.”
Other road incidents included one report on Friday of
a dangerous driver, allegedly a tourist on a motorcycle, at Papaaroa.
Two youths on a motorcycle were stopped by police on
Friday, and one person was forbidden from driving late Saturday night.