Pit bulls strike in Ti­tahi Bay

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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.

PHOTO: DAVID WHITE

An Amer­i­can pit bull ter­rier cross.

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