Roaming dogs seized after attack to be destroyed

By Peter de Graaf

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Four unregistered, roaming dogs seized in relation to an attack in Kaitaia last week will be destroyed.

A 31-year old man was attacked on a walkway between Allen Bell Drive and Parkdale Reserve last Tuesday.

He suffered injuries to his feet, legs and back and was initially treated by a GP. He was taken to Kaitaia Hospital when his wounds were still bleeding later that day.

Following house-to-house checks in the area Far North District Council animal control officers identified the dogs' owner and have impounded four unregistered, cross-breed dogs. They are now satisfied there are no other dogs at the property.

A council spokesman said all four dogs would be put down.

Only three were involved in the attack but the fourth was surrendered by the same owner.

As requested by the victim, the council would not charge the dog owner or take further action against him.

The victim's sister told the Advocate earlier this week he had been put on antibiotics after the wounds became infected but was otherwise recovering well.

The attack coincided with a council crackdown on unregistered dogs. As well as making sure previous registrations are renewed, staff will be going door to door looking for dogs never registered. Every dog unregistered after September 1 will incur a $300 fine. Dogs still unregistered at the end of October may be impounded.

- NORTHERN ADVOCATE

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