School­child­ren bit­ten by stray dogs

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - ALASTAIR LYNN AND ELESHA EDMONDS

Two dogs have been im­pounded after they chased and at­tacked four Auck­land school chil­dren.

Three Kings Pri­mary in Mt Eden was put in lock­down fol­low­ing the at­tacks, which hap­pened on July 28 at 1.15pm.

School prin­ci­pal Jo Will­moth says two dogs came onto the school field at lunchtime.

Four chil­dren re­ceived punc­ture and sur­face wounds to their legs, arms and but­tocks and were treated by St John ambulance staff. Two of the chil­dren were later taken to an ac­ci­dent and emer­gency cen­tre by their par­ents.

Christo van der Merwe, Auck- land Coun­cil’s an­i­mal man­age­ment team leader for cen­tral and east, says the dogs - a black labrador cross and a Ger­man shep­herd/Stafford­shire bull ter­rier cross - had left be­fore his staff ar­rived.

They ran down Mt Al­bert Rd but were found about two hours later after a search by four an­i­mal man­age­ment of­fi­cers.

‘‘I’m grate­ful that they man­aged to get the dogs rea­son­ably quickly. It is dif­fi­cult in a built-up area be­cause the dogs can dis­ap­pear into some­body’s prop­erty,’’ Van der Merwe says.

Both the dogs were reg­is­tered, mi­crochipped and de­sexed. They were im­pounded and coun­cil staff were in­ter­view­ing their owner, he says.

ALASTAIR LYNN / FAIR­FAX NZ

The chil­dren re­ceived punc­ture and sur­face wounds.

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