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Horror at dog attacks
ATTACKED: Jacquie Green with her only surviving rabbit in June.
ID: If anyone can identify this dog with its distinctive paw
parking in the Hoon Hay area, please call 941 8666.
MAULED: Two of the 21 killed by a pair of dogs.
Residents traumatised by the sav-
agery of two vicious dogs say they
predicted the killing spree which
saw 21 sheep and lambs mauled
to death at the weekend.
Despite notifying Animal Con-
trol of a suspected address for the
dogs more than three weeks ago,
the dogs were still at large when
they attacked last week.
Animal Control could not find
any record of the tip-off yesterday.
The same dogs were responsible
for the bloody deaths of five neigh-
bourhood pets in June, and a total
of 40 sheep in the last six months.
Hoon Hay residents Jacquie
Green and Marcalla Ellmer's pet
rabbits had been mauled to death
by the dogs in June.
Husband Brent Ellmers had
seen both dogs clearly the night
the rabbits were taken. He was
able to positively identify one of
the dogs from a photo taken at the
agricultural park at the weekend.
He was certain the pictured dog
was the same dog he chased when
it carried off the lifeless body of
the pet rabbit, Gucci.
When the Christchurch Mail
spoke to Mrs Ellmers about the
rabbit attacks in June, she pre-
dicted it would not be long before
the pair of dogs sought easier
game in the nearby park.
It's absolutely terrible,'' she
Dogs can travel great distances
at night, roaming like that.
They'll just keep doing it.''
Neighbours feared for the safety
of young children in the area as
the dogs had jumped extremely
high fences and destroyed solid,
heavy pet cages to get at the
Canterbury Agricultural Park
operations manager Dugald
Thomas said the attacks on sheep
It's bloody awful. Half of the
sheep are still alive and you have
to put them down. They've obvi-
ously suffered a lot.''
A nearby resident caught one of
the dogs on camera (pictured).
He saw the attack and chased
the dog away from the sheep and
managed to get this pic as it ran
away,'' he said.
In response to the attacks, Ani-
mal Control have posted a cage at
the park to trap the dogs and have
officers in the area.
If you see the dogs, call Animal
Control on 941 8666.
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By ABBIE NAPIER
Residents living near the airport
could soon be facing more parking
problems and traffic congestion.
A city council proposal to
change land zoning in the Avon-
head and Russley areas will see
860 hectares of rural land rezoned
rural urban fringe'', and three
smaller sections zoned industrial
The 100 hectares rezoned for
industrial business could see large
areas converted from open pad-
docks into high-density business
parks and the like.
Residents in Hawthornden Rd
in particular could see a surge in
traffic and parking problems on a
previously quiet residential street.
Avonhead resident Isobel
Quartermain lives on nearby
Avonhead Rd and said she feared
for residents of Hawthornden Rd
and surrounding streets as a busi-
ness development would mean a
big increase in traffic.
It's very nice down
Hawthornden Rd,'' she said.
I am a bit alarmed about the
traffic, it's just dynamite in this
She was pleased to hear Avon-
head Rd could be blocked off at
the Russley Rd end, reducing
through traffic, but said parking
near the airport was already at a
You simply cannot get parks
There's hundreds of cars on
Memorial Ave, the entrance into
the city. It's appalling.''
The council approved the com-
mencement of the rezoning pro-
cess at its meeting last week.
City planning manager Brigitte
de Ronde said the rezonings
would allow rural activities to con-
tinue, and allow business develop-
ment supporting the city's recov-
We expect there will be ongo-
ing pressure on this area, particu-
larly as a result of business dis-
placement caused by the
earthquakes,'' she said.
The zoning changes would still
be subject to strict process, includ-
ing submissions, hearings panels,
and possible appeals to the
Does this zoning change affect
you? Email abbie.napier@
themail.co.nz to have your say.
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