So this story is today's Dom-Post left us with a heavy heart:
A pitbull freed from the Napier dog pound after a community fundraising campaign has mauled a dog to death within days of being liberated.
Dante, a 2-year-old red-nose pitbull, was caught by animal control officers late last month and was due to be put down on Monday, March 10.
His owner, Teressa Kati, 23, could not afford the $532.30 Napier City Council wanted for unpaid registration fees and desexing fees, so she took to Facebook to see if anyone would pay the fees and make him their own.
In a local newspaper article on March 14, she described Dante as "an absolute honey" who loved being cuddled and playing with her two kids, Fury-James, 4, and Lahtezia-Lust, 5.
Instead of offering Dante a new home, people donated money - enough for Ms Kati to pay the fees.
Dante went to her sister's house in the Napier suburb of Maraenui and was put on a run in the back lawn, where another dog, a 7-month-old shar pei named Terror, was on a chain.
Dante got off his run on Thursday night and mauled Terror to death.
This story is wrong on so many levels. Firstly, why bring a dangerous dog into a home where you have two young children? That's asking for trouble. And why have a dog if you have to resort to begging to pay the legal costs of ownership?
But wait; it gets worse:
Terror's owner said his children witnessed the attack, which left the lawn covered in blood.
The man said he agreed to look after Dante because Ms Kati already had a dog at her Housing New Zealand house and was not allowed another there.
"I was next door. By the time I got there, it was over.
"I watched my dog die and he [Dante] still wouldn't let go. He was trying to rip his head off. There was nothing I could do. I watched him have his last breath. To make it worse, my kids saw it all."
He said the children were "hysterical".
"My backyard is full of blood. My missus doesn't want to go out there. Dante shouldn't have been allowed out of the pound."
Animal control officer Dwayne McOnie said he found a "horrific, bloody scene" when called to the property shortly after 5pm. Dante was known to be aggressive, and his owner had been spoken to in the past.
He was seized on February 23 because he was not registered, had not been desexed within the required time, and was not microchipped.
Terror's body has been seized as evidence, pending a council decision on whether to prosecute Ms Kati. Dante is back in the pound in the meantime.
OK; so Teresa Kati already had a dog; we wonder what breed the other dog is. We wonder if her children Fury-James, 4, and Lahtezia-Lust, 5, go without so that she can feed the dogs. If ever there was a household where a discrete enquiry from CYFS into the wellbeing of the children was justified, it is this one.
And to those misguided souls who bought Ms Kati's sob-story about this dog, more fools them. If someone has to go on social media to beg for money to meet the legal requirements of owning a dog, then they shouldn't own the dog. Owning pets comes at a cost, and if you cannot afford it, don't do it.
We hope the Napier Council throws the book at Teresa Kati. She should just be grateful that it was only another dog that Dante killed, and not one of her children.
We make no apologies for the tenor of this post. If you had seen and heard the carnage that we did during and after the dog attack several years ago, you'd likely as not feel the same. Pitbulls are bred for one thing only, and it's not the lazy life of a loving pet.