Well, well well. I wonder if this counts as better or worse than throwing excrement?
The campaign on the West Coast against 1080 poison has taken a sinister turn after a dog belonging to a Greymouth pest control officer was allegedly poisoned.
It is believed 1080 pellets were poked through a ute canopy as the family pet sat inside.
Senior Sergeant Tom Firmin, of Greymouth police, confirmed they were investigating an incident involving the use of 1080 to kill an animal.
He was appalled at the killing, which he said was “totally unacceptable”.
He would not comment further while inquiries were continuing.
The dog owner was also reluctant to comment publicly.
The man had left his 10-year-old huntaway, a family pet as well a working dog, in an enclosed ute at a supermarket car park.
When he arrived home the dog started convulsing and vomiting green fluid. A quick inspection of the vehicle revealed traces of 1080 in the back.
Aware the dog had absorbed a lethal dose, and not wanting to further alarm his children, the owner bundled it back into the vehicle, took it to a private spot and used a rifle to put it out of its misery.
The guy was just a worker, he had no power whatsoever to change 1080 policy.
1080 protesters are not a logical bunch at the best of times, but it seems that too many aren’t stopping to think about what they’re doing. This act for one is going to garner them no sympathy whatsoever.