Members of the public have helped to locate the owner of two dogs which fatally attacked a seal in Tairua on the Coromandel Peninsula on Monday.
Two pitbull-type dogs were seen to attack a small seal, causing fatal injuries, said Senior Constable Matt Goodman.
The dogs were seen being put into a car and a member of the public gave the registration number to police.
A man has since been spoken to by police and was confirmed as being the dogs' owner, Mr Goodman said.
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An investigation was under way to determine what charges might result, Mr Goodman said.