Guilty plea over bus stop dog attack

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The attack happened at a bus stop. Photo / Brett Phibbs
The attack happened at a bus stop. Photo / Brett Phibbs

The owner of a dog that attacked and bit a man at a bus stop has appeared in Tauranga District Court.

Damien Olliver, owner of the American pitbull 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 yesterday.

He was charged with being the owner of dog which attacked a person causing serious injury.

Olliver 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 because 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 schoolchildren at the bus stop.

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

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