Dozens of animals have been zapped by police for the reason that tasering of an Oamaru goat sparked nationwide outrage.
Figures launched underneath the Official Info Act present 64 animals, primarily canine, have been tasered by police up to now 5 years.
Of these, 49 occurred after the tasering of a feral goat greater than a dozen instances in Oamaru in 2016 which sparked modifications to nationwide coverage and outrage from animal welfare activists.
The goat, which escaped from a meat processing plant, was tasered after it was cornered within the storage of a residential property.
A Waitaki District Council animal management officer had unsuccessfully tried for an hour to safe the goat after it ran by peak morning site visitors on State Freeway 1.
A police officer responded, and in making an attempt to incapacitate the animal, tasered it a complete of 13 instances.
It was later euthanised.
An MPI investigation decided that no fees could be laid.
Police coverage was modified to allow police to taser an attacking animal, however to not seize one which was not attacking.
Since that was launched, there had been one breach. A canine, working unfastened on a busy highway, was evading seize and had already been hit by vehicles not less than twice, police mentioned.
“The police officer in attendance believed the canine was more likely to be struck by one other automobile leading to damage or dying. The officer additionally believed the canine was more likely to trigger a site visitors accident.'”
The canine was tasered, captured, and brought to a close-by vet.
Whereas a breach of coverage, the officer’s actions have been “nicely intentioned and prevented hurt not solely to the animal itself, but in addition to close by members of the general public'”.
Among the many different tasered animals was a woolly fugitive.
A ram escaped from its farm and was found wandering on a motorway on-ramp in Waitemata final yr.
“The ram had sizeable horns and was charging at employees, which offered extra dangers to these making an attempt to seize the animal and to passing drivers,'” police mentioned.
However the seize of the ram didn’t run easily.
An officer fired their taser on the animal, however it didn’t obtain “neuromuscular incapacitation'” because of the wool.
“The ram subsequently jumped by close by bushes, persevering with to evade these in pursuit.'”
It was lastly caught a short while later by animal management officers and police.
The final animal tasered within the South was a canine in 2018.