Catherine Gaffaney is a general reporter based in Auckland.

Owner of dog who mauled cat comes forward

Sarah Round had offered a $500 reward for any information which led to the identification of the husky responsible for killing her 9-year-old cat, Sparkle. Photo / Supplied
Sarah Round had offered a $500 reward for any information which led to the identification of the husky responsible for killing her 9-year-old cat, Sparkle. Photo / Supplied

The owner of the husky that mauled an Auckland cat to death has been in contact with the feline's owner.

Sarah Round had offered a $500 reward for any information which led to the identification of the husky responsible for killing her 9-year-old cat, Sparkle.

Ms Round said she was now in "conversation" with the owner who had apologised for the death.

She didn't want to elaborate further on what was going to happen next.

Ms Round was in bed at her Williamson Ave flat in Grey Lynn about 10pm on Friday night when she heard a dog yelping.

"I thought 'that's strange' because there aren't any dogs around us and it sounded like it was in a lot of pain," Ms Round said.

"My partner and I both got out of bed and ran outside and saw a husky dog with my cat in its mouth.

"It was throwing her from one end of the lawn to the next like a toy. I was in hysterics, screaming 'it's killing my cat, it's killing my cat'.

"Neighbours came and one of them held the husky down with their knee while my partner put our vacuum cleaner pole in its mouth."

Ms Round and her partner then rushed 9-year-old Sparkle to the vet but she was unable to be saved.

"Sparkle died of severe internal haemorrhaging. Basically, the husky bit into her stomach and crushed it."

Ms Round was given Sparkle by her grandfather as a kitten.

Feeling "in shock" and "distraught" about what happened, she posted on several social media pages last night offering $500 for information which would lead to identification of the husky and its owner.

She didn't want the dog to be destroyed but was adamant that it be secured more safely in future.

- NZ Herald

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