New Zealand's injury rate from serious dog attacks has soared since the 1990s, according to a new New Zealand Medical Journal finding. It found 4958 people were admitted to New Zealand hospitals with dog bites between 2004 and 2014, most often preschool children. To address the problem in Rotorua, the district council has repeatedly called upon dog owners to maintain control over their dogs, and their interactions with people, especially children. However, the council's pleas may be falling on deaf ears, with two cases of children being attacked by dogs in the last week.
Two Rotorua dog attacks on children,