Introduction

A blue penguin was found dead at Sponge Bay, Gisborne around mid-day on 10 August by a local resident. The penguin had received some form of injury and the body was sent to Massey University Wildlife Healthcare Centre.

A blue penguin was found dead at Sponge Bay, Gisborne around mid-day on Wednesday 10 August by a local resident. It was apparent that the penguin had received some form of injury and the body was sent to the Massey University Wildlife Healthcare Centre. 

The results of a necropsy by Stuart Hunter a Veterinary Pathologist revealed that the penguin had suffered massive trauma consistent with a dog attack with multiple puncture wounds, fractures and haemorrhaging.

The Department of Conservation would like to ask the public who observed dogs or suspicious activity on Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning at Sponge Bay to contact the DOC Office phone 8690460.

Gisborne Whakatane Acting Area Manager Fiona Hennessey said “this is an extremely disappointing case where an otherwise healthy penguin has been killed by an uncontrolled dog.”

“People need to be aware that we are very lucky to have wildlife like penguins living on our beaches and to control their dogs.  It is an offence against the Conservation Act 1987 for an owner to allow dogs to cause serious injury or death to protected wildlife.” 

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