A three-legged dog has carried out a brazen robbery - making off with a roll of dog food from a dairy chiller in front of startled shoppers.
It's not the first time Oscar has pulled off a dog food heist at the Invercargill shop but it could be his last after he was caught and impounded by council dog control staff.
The german shorthaired pointer was caught last Wednesday by staff at the Alray Dairy caught him attempting to steal a dog roll from the chiller, his third such visit.
Oscar's wily ways had been the talk of the town, dairy owner Esmay Hay said.
Animal control staff had been unable to contact Oscar's owners, who registered at an address close to the dairy, officer Michael Murdoch said.
"Oscar's still in the pound as we're still awaiting response from his owners," he said.
The dog was in good spirits. "He's fine. He's a good dog."
Oscar's escapades started earlier this month when he evaded watchful staff and entered the dairy while there were several other shoppers inside.
He headed straight to the chiller at the back of the shop, quickly selected a dog roll and took off with it, to the surprise of shoppers who told Ms Hay what had happened.
She couldn't believe it, until she reviewed the security footage.
"About 12 minutes past eight we caught him on the camera. All of a sudden he appears standing looking into the dog chiller, helps himself to a dog roll, drops it on the floor then picks it up and carts it out."
"I was in utter disbelief. The shop was in an uproar for about an hour afterwards," she laughed.
After escaping with the treat, the dog hit the dairy twice more last Wednesday before finally being caught by staff members of Alray Dairy about 8pm.
"The girls spotted him coming in and they went out and tried to get hold of him and he scarpered out the door in the morning and then he came back in the afternoon. He was right down the back of the shop and one of the girls went down and tied him up," said Ms Hay.
They then called animal control to come and collect the dog.
Oscar's good luck hadn't completely run out. Ms Hay's grandson felt so sorry for the captured thief he gave him half a dog roll while he was tied up.
- APNZBy Abby Gillies Email Abby