A woman is desperately searching for her puppy after it was ripped from her arms outside her home on Auckland's North Shore yesterday.
In an attack she calls "surreal torture", Gracie Read wrote in a Facebook post that she was assaulted by two men outside her Castor Bay home yesterday morning before they stole her puppy.
"One of them threw me to the ground, out of the corner of my eyes I saw the other one look at Rosko, I scrambled to grab him but they got on top of me and ripped him out of my arms.
"We chased them but it was too late," she wrote.
Ms Read wrote that she was driving around yesterday trying to find the Rosko, a rottweiler puppy, but are yet to have any luck.
Detective Senior Sergeant Marcia Murray from North Shore Police told 1 NEWS they attended the incident where Ms Read was allegedly assaulted shortly before midday yesterday, and a puppy was taken by two males.
"Police are investigating the matter and we are following lines of enquiry," said Sergeant Murray.
Gracie Read and her rottweiler puppy.
Source: Facebook: Gracie Read
Within 30 minutes of opening on Monday the first two patients were admitted, two adult yellow-eyed penguin that had injuries consistent with barracouta bites, Wildlife Hospital spokesperson, Jordana Whyte told 1 NEWS.
Both birds were found in the Caitlins by a yellow-eyed penguin researcher and will undergo surgery this week to clean and fix the bite wounds.
It's expected the penguins will make a full recovery and will hopefully be able to get back into the wild soon.
This morning Ms Whyte said Dr Lisa Argilla is preparing for another patient in the hospital, a takahe picked up by the Department of Conservation.
The bird's injury or illness is not yet known.
The future of the wildlife hospital is dependent on continuous donations from the public as well as corporate sponsorship.
Once the hospital is well established Ms Whyte hopes they will be able to receive funding to help with operation costs.