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