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A 29-year-old Hamilton man has been sentenced to four months' community detention and two hundred hours of community service after brutally attacking a four-month-old puppy.
Ezekial Wilson, the then owner of the puppy, was addicted to methamphetamine at the time and lost his temper in the Chartwell Shopping Centre car park in June, last year.
"You were seen holding Floyd by his throat, shaking, choking him, throwing him twice to the side of the vehicle," Judge Kim Saunders said today in Hamilton District Court.
Wilson then threw the puppy into the rear of the boot and punched its stomach "at least ten times".
He was confronted by witnesses, but told them the dog had defecated in his car.
"One of the witnesses described you as pouring with sweat, looking wired and upset," Judge Saunders added.
"That, to me, indicates the significant degree of force you must have used in beating the puppy that morning."
Wilson was then witnessed holding the puppy in the air by its hind leg later that afternoon, before dragging it into the house.
The puppy's leg was left lame, with x-rays showing fractures from an injury at least three to four weeks old.
The leg has now been amputated.
The judge described the offending as "particularly vicious" but said she takes comfort from knowing the dog, now named Flynn, is now in safe environment.
A driver is in a critical condition following a crash during a police pursuit on State Highway One near Palmerston, south of Oamaru, this afternoon.
Police say at around 4.23pm the female driver, who was driving at speed, failed to stop for police and a short pursuit was begun on the Herbert-Hampden Road, SH1.
Two minutes later the driver crossed the centre line, crashed and rolled their vehicle off the road, police said in a statement.
The driver was being taken by rescue helicopter to Dunedin Hospital.
St John Ambulance said it understands the driver's car rolled in a 70 kilometre per hour zone.
The Southern Fire Communications Centre said appliances from Weston, Hampden and Palmerston responded to the incident and the driver was trapped in the vehicle and had to be freed.
Police said the Serious Crash Unit has been notified and the Independent Police Conduct Authority will be advised.
Anyone who saw the crash or the driver who has not already spoken to police is being asked to contact Oamaru Police on (03) 433 1400.