Pit bulls strike in Titahi Bay
A pair of registered pit bulls are in the Porirua pound after attacking a woman on a Titahi Bay street.
The attack comes as Titahi Bay residents warn of roaming dog packs.
Porirua City Council said it attended to complaints of wandering dogs only until 4.30pm.
Jim Sutton, the council manager of environmental standards, said the woman suffered puncture wounds to her legs in the attack on April 14.
The dogs had left the property where they were being looked after and attacked the woman on the street.
‘‘I understand they were being looked after while their owners were on holiday,’’ Sutton said.
He said police were called about the complaint and asked the council to help catch the dogs.
The dogs will remain at the Porirua pound until a decision is made on their future in early May.
Titahi Bay resident Zahi Dodson said dogs were a problem for the area.
‘‘I have seen multiple dogs prowling in packs. I’m not the only local who’s worried,’’ he said.
Dodson said he was concerned animal control staff wouldn’t collect dogs outside working hours.
‘‘They finish at 4.30pm, which worries me. That’s when kids are taking their own dogs for walks.’’
Dodson runs the Titahi Bay Neighbourhood Watch Facebook page, where people have been posting their concerns about dogs.
Nini Burroughs commented on the page that she was constantly on edge walking around Titahi Bay streets because of wandering dogs.
Soraya Tui wrote she had never been anxious about dogs before moving to Titahi Bay.
On April 15 ‘Waipunz Grace’ said a brindle pit bull cross was on the loose and ‘‘doesn’t seem too friendly’’.
Dodson said he knew of at least three dog attacks in the past month.
‘‘It’s the owners’ fault. They should have to have licences to own dogs.’’
Sutton said animal control staff worked between 8am and 4.30pm.
‘‘We will always respond to an attack at any time, but we won’t pick up wandering dogs after 4.30pm,’’ he said. ‘‘Unless they have been restrained in someone’s property it’s impossible for us to find them.’’
He said animal control would look at extra surveillance outside working hours if the community was worried.
Sutton stressed the importance of owners keeping their dogs under control.
An American pit bull terrier cross.