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Dog to be put down following attack on runner

By Amy McGillivray

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A dog that bit a runner on 15th Ave has been handed over to the pound and is likely to be euthanised.

Tauranga City Council animal services leader Brent Lincoln said the owners surrendered the shar-pei cross yesterday.

It is now being housed at the pound while the investigation continues.

"The dog has been surrendered to the council and will most likely be euthanised by the weekend," he said.

Mr Lincoln said a final decision on legal action had not yet been made.

"There will be other measures taken but the decision as to what those measures are has not been taken yet."

He said the dog involved in the attack had not been previously reported to the council for aggressive behaviour.

A second dog was also involved, although it did not bite Stephanie Brebner.

Mr Lincoln said it had not yet been established whether the other dog rushed at Ms Brebner or if it was simply roaming.

Once the investigation is complete a decision will be made on what action to take in regard to the second dog.

Tauranga SPCA inspector Jason Blair said he had received a number of complaints about treatment of the dogs in the past.

Mr Blair said he had visited the property about four times in a short period but found only minor concerns.

He said one dog was chained to the kennel, which is not illegal but is not the SPCA's preferred method of treatment.

The attack followed a similar case on Saturday in which three dogs, a mastiff-cross, a bull terrier-cross and a border collie-cross killed two cats in Welcome Bay.

"This has stirred up a lot of paranoia about whether the dogs are still out there," said Mr Lincoln. He said he wanted to reassure the public the dogs involved in both attacks "are in the pound".

Mr Lincoln believed the animals involved in the Welcome Bay attacks would also be euthanised.

"At this stage, one has been surrendered and we are working on ownership issues with the other two but that is highly likely."

The owner of another dog that attacked a person appeared in Tauranga District Court yesterday.

Damien Olliver, owner of the American pit bull terrier-cross that harassed school children at a bus stop and bit a Bayline Coaches staff member, pleaded guilty to the charge laid against him.

The charge was for being the owner of dog which attacked a person causing serious injury.

He was fined $500, ordered to pay court costs and $1500 in reparation.

Tauranga City Council's Mr Lincoln said the dog had already been put down.

He said the dog had been put down because Mr Olliver did not pay the pound fees.

The American pitbull terrier-cross named Haze attacked and bit a 61-year-old Bayline Coaches supervisor at the bus stop near the intersection of Windermere Drive and Poike Rd on August 20.

The supervisor was called to the scene by a bus driver over concerns that the dog was acting aggressively and harassing the schoolchildren at the bus stop.

The supervisor was taken to Tauranga Hospital to have surgery after suffering a bite wound to his lower leg.

- BAY OF PLENTY TIMES

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