A 25-year-old thug has been arrested after he allegedly stole a Toyota Hilux from a home in Broadwood located in the northern area of New Zealand on Friday night and set the truck on fire trapping two of the owners’ hunting dogs.
According to the NewsHub, Chad and Theo Scrivener’s property had been broken into, their utility vehicle stolen and shortly thereafter crashed into a nearby paddock. Two of their three boar hunting dogs had been sleeping in dog kennels in the back of the vehicle and were trapped inside after the thieves set fire to the truck.
“…They crashed the ute into a paddock then came back just before daylight to take the car away which they’d left behind, but they could not do so,” stated Malcolm Scrivener, the father of the two men whose property had been vandalized. “Then they got petrol and set the Hilux alight knowing full well the dogs were in there … all they had to do was to open the door fo the dog box and let them out.”
The suspect was brought into the Kaitaia Police station on Monday after he was turned in by his family. He faces charges of animal cruelty, arson and theft of a motor vehicle. His name has not been released, although he is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday afternoon.
Nirvan Doaks, a partner of the Scrivener’s, shared graphic images of the burned out truck on her Facebook page. The photos have been circulating through social media with readers and followers demanding justice. Authorities have asked people to be patient while the investigation continues.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kaitaia Police at 09 408 6500 or to Crimestoppers at 0800 555 111.
Rest in peace loyal dogs.
(Photos of dogs set on fire by thug via Facebook)
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