Hunt for dog after child hurt
A 4-year-old child suffered deep cuts to the face from a dog attack at the Waipukurau trolley derby.
The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council is now asking the owner to come forward. A council spokesperson said it was too early to determine whether there would be any charges or whether the dog would be destroyed.
“If any dog owner wants more information about how to control their dog or are concerned about their dog’s behaviour, we encourage them to contact our Animal Control Services Team here at Council or seek other professional advice.” A woman bitten in O¯ tane last year prompted those who had suffered similar incidents to report them to Animal Control.
Susie Smith, 70, was too scared to go down certain streets in O¯ tane because of problems with aggressive and unrestrained dogs, including a February 22 attack when she was bitten on the leg. She reported the incident to CHB District Council’s animal control unit which she said resulted in a woman being issued with an infringement notice and fined.
“Animal control does an excellent job but I believe people do not report incidents believing, possibly, that they are the only ones affected.”