Eastern Courier : April 24th 2015
YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Friday, April 24, 2015 War veteran Eric Wilson shows students his photographs from Anzac days By SAM BOYER A tennis ball studded with pins has horrified a dog owner who found the ‘‘weapon’’ near a park. The ball, which had sew- ing pins sticking out of it, was discovered on the side of the road in Pakuranga, near two parks and three schools. Tegan Peters, 22, who found the ball on Tuesday night, says she was shocked by the ball’s appearance, which she felt was clearly intended to cause an animal or a child harm. ‘‘My partner and I saw the ball and pulled over. We thought, cool, a free tennis ball. We have a dog. recalled ‘‘Then the pins gave us such a shock. We realised it was very obviously done on purpose. It’s just horrible.’’ The tennis ball was found on Ti Rakau Drive, not far from Ti Rakau Park and a smaller park off Edgewater Drive. Nearby are Pakuranga Heights Primary School, Pakuranga intermediate School and Edgewater College. People have suggested to Peters the ball could possibly have been a pincushion, but she doubts that is the case. ‘‘Many dogs would just see the ball and think, ‘yay’. We train dogs that a tennis ball is for play. It’s meant to be a toy; it’s not meant to be a weapon. I’d hate to think the damage it could cause.’’ Peters took photos of the Justice posted one of the photos on its Facebook page, as a warning for dog owners to be vigilant about spotting potential traps laid for pets. ‘‘Please be careful of your Atennis ball studded with pins was foundon Ti RakauDrive. It is believed it was deliberately designed to hurta dog. ball, before getting rid of it, and posted them online. Animal rights group Paw pets and children around Ti Rakau Drive. There may be more of these around so please watch your dogs and kids around Ti Rakau Park,’’ the posting says. ‘‘This is a horrible thing to find. What type of person would take the time to do this? Imagine the harm that could be done if a dog started chewing it or a kid picked this up.’’ Ric Odom, chief executive of the Royal New Zealand SPCA, says it isn’t clear who placements in Egypt,Greece and Italy. Students from around East Auckland gathered at the HowickRSA earlier this week to hear about tales ofwar, with Anzac Day approaching this Saturday. TurntoP3for Meghan Lawrence’s story on what the children learned. Tennis ball foundonroad full of sewingpins or what was the intended target of the pin-studded ball. But, regardless, whoever made it is ‘‘an idiot’’. ‘‘It’s not clear that this is done to harm an animal . . . but it’s a stupid thing to do.’’ If a dog did bite into the ball, it would likely suffer puncture wounds to its tongue and mouth, as well as the potential for more serious injuries Odom says. ‘‘In the worst case scen- ario, they could ingest those needles. Every scenario is a bad one.’’ If anyone was aware of someone making or leaving balls like this, they should contact police, he says. Find neighbours to exchange garden goodies with Does anyone want to swap fruit or veg for lemons? We have heaps!
April 22nd 2015