Dog put down af­ter at­tack

Central Leader - - News - By Heather McCracken

TWO PEO­PLE are re­cov­er­ing from bite wounds af­ter a wo­man was at­tacked by a dog while walk­ing to the bus stop.

The San­dring­ham wo­man was bit­ten on her hand, arms and shoul­der dur­ing the Mon­day morn­ing at­tack.

A neigh­bour who tried to pull her to safety was bit­ten on the leg, need­ing three stitches.

Vic­tim He­tal Shah says two dogs charged at her as she walked to the bus stop on Shor­well St about 7am.

“They came from around the cor­ner, from nowhere,” she says.

“They pulled me down and I started scream­ing, then peo­ple started com­ing out of their houses.”

Mrs Shah was pulled to the ground and bit­ten on her arms and shoul­der as she tried to pro­tect her face.

She says the dog owner tried to pull the larger dog away from her.

“She told me to stand still but I was pan­ick­ing be­cause it had al­ready bit­ten me,” she says.

A neigh­bour, who wouldn’t be named, was in bed when he heard the sounds of Mrs Shah scream­ing and the dogs bark­ing.

“I just ran out and the owner of the dog was try­ing to pull the dog away,” he says.

“The dog had bit­ten the wo­man quite a few times and pulled her down.”

He was bit­ten on the leg while try­ing to pull Mrs Shah to safety.

The neigh­bour says the dog has been seen wan­der­ing sev­eral times, and has charged at other peo­ple and a news­pa­per de­liv­erer.

“I knew straight away when I was ly­ing in bed that it was that dog.”

Mrs Shah says she has of­ten seen the dogs be­ing walked in the morn­ing.

“I’m not a dog per­son and I al­ways find them scary so I walk on the other side of the road.

“This time they charged from nowhere.”

She wants own­ers to be more care­ful with their an­i­mals.

“This dog will be put down but what if the fam­ily gets an­other dog?

“We just want peo­ple to be aware that things like this can hap­pen.”

Dog owner Leeanne Cameron will­ingly gave up the one-year-old stafford­shire ter­rier cross to an­i­mal con­trol of­fi­cers af­ter the at­tack.

Ms Cameron says the dog was good-na­tured and had never been ag­gres­sive be­fore.

She be­lieves it was try­ing to pro­tect the smaller dog, which be­longs to a friend.

“He was re­ally good with my young nephew, who’s seven,” she says.

She’s un­sure whether she will own an­other an­i­mal.

“He was the first dog I ever owned. I’m not even think­ing along those lines at the mo­ment.”

Auck­land City Coun­cil an­i­mal con­trol says the of­fi­cer who at­tended the in­ci­dent was sat­is­fied only one dog was in­volved in the at­tack. The dog was put down on Wed­nes­day by lethal in­jec­tion.

It had pre­vi­ously been re­ported for wan­der­ing, but there were no other in­ci­dents of ag­gres­sive be­hav­iour.

No de­ci­sion has been made on fur­ther ac­tion against the owner.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Patched up: Dog at­tack vic­tim He­tal Shah is re­cov­er­ing from bite wounds to her hand, arm and shoul­der.

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