Spate of dog at­tacks

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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.

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