Spate of dog attacks
Pit bulls have been in the headlines after a spate of attacks over the past month.
A pit bull staffordshire cross was destroyed after mauling Caleb Ross, 2, at his Christchurch home on April 8.
He was rushed to hospital, where he received seven stitches.
Darnell Minarapa-Brown, 7, was savaged by his uncle’s pit bull terrier in Takinini, South Auckland, on April 9.
The boy spent a week in care after the mauling, which left him needing more than 100 stitches and with minimal movement of his face. Brown’s mother, Virginia Minarapa, said her son would need speech and physical therapy.
The dog, Caesar, was seized by animal control officers and destroyed three days later.
A pregnant 23-year-old Christchurch woman received deep bites to her arms and legs when she was attacked by two dogs on April 12.
She was mauled on an Avondale property by the unregistered staffordshire terrier and mastiff-type dogs.
Christchurch City Council animal control staff seized the dogs after the attack.
Pit bull is the common name for the type of dog, but it encompasses many dogs. Formal breeds are often considered to be the American pit bull terrier, American staffordshire terrier and staffordshire bull terrier. The American bulldog is also sometimes included.