The owners of four dogs which attacked a 7-year-old Japanese girl in Murupara have appeared briefly in the Rotorua District Court.

Charlotte Boyt, 31, and Gareth Clive Boyt, 35, appeared in the Rotorua District Court before Judge Menzies.

They face a joint charge under Section 58 of the Dog Control Act with owning four dogs that caused serious injury.

They previously pleaded not guilty.

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They held hands and looked down at the floor while standing before the judge.

The pair were remanded at large to reappear in the Rotorua District Court on November 5 for a case review hearing.

Sakurako Uehara was mauled by the Staffordshire bull terrier-cross dogs in March. After the attack, the dogs were put down.

Sakurako faces years of reconstructive surgery to repair extensive wounds to most of her body. She suffered more than 100 bites.

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