Hawke's Bay has a problem with roaming dogs, says 79-year-old Joan Sye.
Sye, from Hastings, knows just how much of a problem even one can be.
She was on a stroll through Akina Park on January 8 with her beloved dog Gigi when the bichon poodle was attacked by a large Staffy.
Sye put her life at risk to try to save her pet.
"I had seen this dog before and thought, 'Thank goodness it's behind a fence', but then I saw it rushing down the path."
Sye said she reacted quickly, picking up Gigi and holding her above her