Rosko the missing rottweiler puppy found by Police

A puppy ripped from its owners arms on the North Shore this week has been found by police.

Rotweiler puppy, Rosko, was found by Police after being stolen outside his owner's North Shore residence.
Rotweiler puppy, Rosko, was found by Police after being stolen outside his owner's North Shore residence. Source: 1 NEWS

Police announced in a Facebook post last night the rottweiler puppy had been found in Whangaparoa. 

Rosko the puppy had been taken outside his owner's Castor Bay home on Monday morning following a scuffle.

Rosko's owner Grace Read posted on her Facebook page today her gratitude to the police for finding her puppy.

"I have a million thank yous for everyone who came together for Rosko.

"I just want to thank everyone to know we have our happy little pup back and I've never felt so grateful."

A 26-year-old man has been arrested for his involvement in the aggravated robbery.

Also facing court are a 19-year-old woman who was summonsed for making a false statement, and a 20-year-old woman who was summonsed for offering to supply cannabis, and attempting to procure the commission of an offence.

Police are making further inquiries to locate two more people in relation to the puppy theft.

Police extended special thanks their Police 'Paw Patrol' for going the extra mile, and completing extensive inquiries throughout the Hibiscus Coast area.

'They like it humid' - Warning for pet owners over one of the worst flea seasons in years

There's a warning from vets for animal owners to be extra vigilant this summer due to the weather conditions leading to one of the worst flea seasons in years.

The hot and muggy summer has provided the perfect breeding conditions for creepy crawlies.

"Fleas really love this weather, they like it warm, they like it humid,"Dr Nick Pallin from Central Vet Hospital told 1 NEWS.

In New Zealand cat fleas are the most common, followed by dogs, then human fleas.

Small bug expert Julia Kasper believes fleas could become resistant to treatments, something some vets are warning about already.

"We tend to treat everything with chemicals and the more we treat, the more they become resistant because they become used to these chemicals," she said.

It's not just fleas either, with the conditions being perfect for mosquitoes and other pest bugs.

Vets say to protect your family and pets you must treat pets regularly and the vacuum cleaner is also a good weapon.

If you think you've been scratching more of often from bug bites this summer, you'd be right. Source: 1 NEWS


Search continues for missing Hamilton man

The search for a Hamilton man who has been missing for six days will continue this morning.

Raymond Stirling, 84, went missing in the Halcione Close area around 7pm on Monday night and was reported missing on Tuesday afternoon.

A LandSAR team of 30 police officers and volunteers searched every property within 1km of his last known location in the Flagstaff area.

Today that search is expanding to surrounding suburbs and the Hamilton Police boat will begin searching the Waikato River.

Family members have also searched areas he had previously been to in Huntly and Ngaruawahia.

Mr Stirling is known to wave down passing motorists for a ride, and police are asking anyone who may have given him a ride or been waved at by him to contact them immediately.

Mr Stirling's attire has not been confirmed, but it is possible he was wearing blue track pants and white/red sneakers.

He also suffers from dementia.

Anyone who may have seen Mr Stirling should call 111 immediately.

Raymond Stirling's family are desperate to find him. Source: 1 NEWS