Tragic news has emerged from Christchurch, New Zealand, where a backyard dog breeder has been found dead, apparently mauled to death by his own dogs. Rikiana Hirawani, aged 33, was discovered lifeless on Tuesday, April 11, at his residence in Christchurch. His naked body was found surrounded by three large white dogs.
When authorities arrived at the scene, they found Mr. Hirawani’s body savaged, with his ribs on display. Neighbours who witnessed the aftermath of the incident expressed their shock and horror. One neighbour, who saw the body, commented that “you could see every rib”. They shouted at the dogs to stay away from the body until the police arrived, but the dogs ignored their warnings.
According to a neighbour, Mr. Hirawani had not treated his dogs well and had bred them purely for financial gain. Another witness described the scene as “pretty grim”, while a third person reported feeling “shell-shocked”.
Police and animal control authorities managed to capture the dogs and remove them from the property. One dog was caught at the front of the house, while the other two were found in the back garden.
On April 13, the New Zealand Police Detective Senior Sergeant Colin Baillie announced that Mr. Hirawani’s death was not being treated as suspicious. He revealed that following a post-mortem examination, the death would be referred to the coroner. Enquiries are ongoing to determine the circumstances that led to the death of Mr. Hirawani.
Police forensic experts are continuing to investigate the scene. Cordons around the property will be removed once the scene examination has been completed. The police have extended their condolences to Mr. Hirawani’s family and expressed their sympathies for their loss.
This tragic incident serves as a reminder of the importance of responsible pet ownership and the risks associated with breeding animals without proper training and support. It is essential to treat animals with care and respect, not just for their welfare but also for the safety of their owners and the community. Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Rikiana Hirawani during this difficult time.