Fledgling Kaka was mauled to death by a dog it was found in Huntleigh Park in Ngaio, Wellington. This incident was reported in the New Zealand Herald on the 20/2/15.
All wildlife should be treated with respect as it is a privilege to see any wildlife, in its natural environment. Dog owners, who choose to take their dog with them on trips or outings, should have total control of their dog, at all times. The Dog Control Act still applies. Dog owners are required by law to use or carry a leash in public .
I hate saying this but too many dog owners these days are too complacent and have a “she’ll be right attitude” it doesn’t matter where you are, or whether it be wildlife, a person or another dog, you need to have your “eyes wide open”, be aware of your surroundings and what is going on around you 100% of the time. Letting your dog run way a head of you or even out of sight, is not having your dog under control.
You should be able to call your dog back at a moments notice, If you don’t have a good recall on your dog, don’t have it off the lead.
If you are unsure as a dog owner what is expected of you, when you are out and about with your dog, please read the following articles.