Dog shot during home invasion

By Paul Harper

The dog, a collie, is expected to survive. Photo / File / Thinkstock
The dog, a collie, is expected to survive. Photo / File / Thinkstock

A dog has been shot in a violent home invasion in the Auckland suburb of Mt Roskill early this morning.

Police said the six occupants of the Duke Street house were playing cards when five armed and disguised men burst in about 1am.

A dog, a collie, was shot but is expected to survive and one of the male victims was hospitalised after being assaulted with the butt of a rifle.

Detective Sergeant Rick Veacock said the offenders made off with thousands of dollars in cash, jewellery and a black 2003 Toyota Camry saloon, registration number FFB616.

"Obviously we would like to hear from anyone with information about who the offenders might be or where the stolen property, particularly the car, is," Mr Veacock said.

"Although the offenders were wearing gloves and had their faces covered, they've been described to us by the victims as Maori or Polynesian males and they were armed with a hammer, a spade and three firearms.

"I don't believe this was a random act, given the amount of planning the offenders would have done in terms of disguising and arming themselves.

"The fact that these offenders were prepared to discharge a firearm at the dog is very worrying and we need to locate them as soon as possible before anyone else gets hurt."

Avondale Police and ESR scientists are carrying out a scene examination at the property and some of the victims are being interviewed with the assistance of Chinese interpreters.

Not all the victims are residents at the home, rather live in southern and western suburbs.

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