The devastated owner of a dog shot in an Auckland park has appealed for help to find the person who lay in wait concealed by bushes before firing on her treasured pet.
Louise Lumsden has posted a picture of 1-year-old Otto on a community Facebook page along with a plea for information about the shooting at a Torbay reserve yesterday evening.
She said Otto was shot behind the Deep Creek football field and died at the emergency vet.
The dog was retrieving a stick at the time when it was fired at by someone hiding in bushes.
Lumsden said the unthinkable act had left the family heartbroken.
"He was only 1-year-old and the best dog ever," she posted.
"Somebody with a BB gun or something similar shot him from the bushes while he was chasing a stick.
"We are gutted and I have two absolutely devastated kids."
The shooting sparked a major police hunt but no one was found.
Police this morning said there were initial concerns the dog was killed by a bullet there were no witnesses and an X-ray examination did not reveal a projectile.