Waiheke Marketplace : February 9th 2011
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Park roosters the target of crossbowman Animal cruelty: The crossbow bolt is sticking out of the rooster. By LYNDAL JEFFERIES THE community has been outraged by the shooting of two roosters by crossbow bolts at Onetangi Sports Park. The attack happened early last week and was discovered by local board deputy chairwoman Jo Holmes, who was feeding the roosters that inhabit the entrance to the park. She saw two birds wandering around with crossbow bolts pro- truding from their sides and reported it to the SPCA, who returned to the park to capture the birds and alert police. It was just horrible to see,'' Ms Holmes says. Only one bird was found. The other is pre- sumed to have died of its injuries. The remaining injured bird was taken to Oneroa Vets. Vet Dr Dan Marincas says the bolt had entered the left side of the rooster's chest near its clavicle, puncturing its stomach, and coming out below the right shoulder joint. The rooster underwent a 30-minute operation to remove the bolt and received several stitches to seal its stomach and the entry wounds. The bird then stayed at the vets overnight to ensure it was feeding. It was returned to the sports park last Thursday morning and is expected to recover well. Dr Marincas says deal- ing with cruelty to animals is the hard part'' of his job. It was very lucky the bolt missed its major organs--itissosadas we all love those roosters.'' Waiheke SPCA man- ager Lesley McDougall says the perpetrator has breached the Animal Welfare Act. She says the SPCA is proactively running programmes that raise awareness about how to care for and treat animals and to teach youngsters empathy and compassion for all living things''. Crossbows are extre- mely dangerous and I would ask anyone who knows about this inci- dent to contact us either in person or anony- mously,'' Ms McDougall says. Ms Holmes says: This incident is of grave con- cern to me as many future criminals start by hurting animals.'' Police watch officer Margaret Fly says police are concerned about what the owner of the crossbow might shoot next. We urge anyone who knows someone that owns one and may have used it recently to con- tact us.'' The Waiheke police can be contacted on 372-1150. Waiheke SPCA can be contacted on 372-5222, 0275-395-107 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Trials in place to remove mussels Trial and error: A digger helps with working out ways to remove the horse mussels on Onetangi Beach. By GILL ALCOCK The clean up of the estimated two million horse mussel shells that were deposited by storms and a king tide on Onetangi Beach has begun with a series of trials. An area in front of Charlie Farley's was used to trial three methods suggested at a meeting between local board members, Auck- land Council parks staff, business owners, concerned residents and organisers of the Onetangi Beach Races. Auckland Council manager of local and sports parks Mark Bowater says there are up to two million shells on the beach which he estimates could take between 50 and 200 truckloads to remove. The sheer volume of shells means that removal will take time, he says. The three different methods of removal are crushing the shells and leaving them in situ, crushing the shells and pushing them to the low tide mark, and burying the shells in a trench between the low and high tide marks. Mr Bowater says the council agreed with the local board to test out the different tech- niques, find one that works, and then roll it out along the beach''. Obviously, a solution which doesn't require 50 to 200 truck movements on the beach is our preference,'' he says. The trial started last Friday with three areas set out to test the options. To help with the clean-up, a beach- grooming machine was brought over to the island on Monday to tidy up areas that have only a small numbers of shells scattered thro- ugh the sand. Local board chair- woman Faye Storer says because the inci- dent was unpre- cedented it is a matter of trial and error but a key incentive to remov- ing or reducing them is the Onetangi Beach Races in March. Although the empty shells are still heaped up to 1.2 metres deep in some places, in others they are obviously thin- ning out due to tidal action. The shells are attracting a lot of inter- est and despite their inconvenience have not been a health hazard,'' Ms Storer says.
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