31 Aug 2010

Puppy kicked and thrown through basketball hoop

7:15 am on 31 August 2010

Four boys in Auckland have been referred to Youth Aid for kicking a puppy and throwing it through a basketball hoop.

Police say they were called to a park in Papakura early on Sunday night.

They say the boys, in their early teens, were severely mistreating a two-month-old labrador.

Witnesses reported the dog being repeatedly kicked and punched, thrown up a tree and through a basketball hoop.

The puppy had extreme bruising and was barely able to stand. It was taken to the SPCA for medical treatment.