The owner of a pitbull that attacked a seven-year-old today says he is shocked the dog was so violent as it had been brought up around people.
Henare Carroll, said his 7-year-old nephew Darnell was staying at his home on Matawalu Place in Takanini for the weekend.
His mother had just dropped him off at the home this afternoon and the boy ran straight into the garage to play PlayStation with Carroll's friend.
Though he didn't see the attack happen, he said he believed Darnell had jumped from the couch onto a bed in the garage - which doubles as a sleep out - giving three-year-old pitbull Caesar a fright.
Caesar attacked the boy, pinning him to the bed and mauling him.
Carroll and his partner ran into the garage, and Caesar ran away and hid, he said.
"Darnell sat up and said 'I'm ok, I'm ok' but when I saw his face, I knew he wasn't ok," Carroll said.
Carroll said he had just spoken to Darnell's mother, who told him the boy had nine facial puncture wounds, but was stable.
Blood stains are visible on the floor in the garage where the attack took place.
Carroll said he was shocked by the attack.
"Caesar was brought up around people. I thought he was a good dog. He would only attack if he was provoked."
He had surrendered Caesar to animal control, and expected he would be euthanised.
Emergency services were called to the incident at 1.22pm and Darnell was taken to Middlemore Hospital where to undergo surgery.
A hospital spokeswoman said it was understood the boy had a "significant facial wound".
A St John Ambulance spokeswoman described his condition as serious.
Auckland Council manager of animal management Geoff Keber said the dog had been relinquished to the council and was taken to a shelter.
The animal management team had taken statements from the parties involved, and their investigation was ongoing.