Dog bite owner charged

The owner of the dog which attacked a man at a bus stop will face charges in court.

Tauranga City Council animal services leader Brent Lincoln said the decision was made to prosecute the owner after witnesses were spoken to yesterday.

The man will be charged as the owner of a dog which attacked a person causing serious injury and owning an unregistered dog.

"What happens now is that the dog's retained in the pound, pending the outcome."

If the owner is convicted in court, the dog is likely to be destroyed and the owner could face a fine of up to $20,000 fine or up to three years in prison.

A pitbull cross had been harassing schoolchildren at a bus stop at the intersection of Windermere Drive and Poike Rd when the victim was attacked about 8.30am on Monday.

The 61-year-old man, an operations supervisor for Bayline Coaches, sustained a significant bite to the leg while trying to remove schoolchildren from the bus stop. He was taken to hospital.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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