Chil­dren bit­ten as dog runs wild


Two young chil­dren were hos­pi­talised af­ter be­ing bit­ten by a dog at a fundrais­ing event for refugees in Porirua.

The at­tack hap­pened at the Can­nons Creek School Hall dur­ing an event to raise money for peo­ple af­fected by civil war in Myanmar.

New Zealand Myanmar Eth­nics Coun­cil chair­per­son Christalin Thang­pawl said the dog en­tered the hall about 1.30pm.

One boy suf­fered a ‘‘deep bite’’ on his leg and a girl was bit­ten twice, but was saved by thick cloth­ing.

The chil­dren, aged 10 and 8, were taken to Kenepuru Hospi­tal in Porirua.

‘‘Ev­ery­body was pan­icked and sur­round­ing the kids be­cause they were cry­ing,’’ Thang­pawl said.

A Cap­i­tal and Coast District Health Board spokesman con­firmed two chil­dren were treated for dog bites at Kenepuru Hospi­tal’s ac­ci­dent and emer­gency de­part­ment on Satur­day, June 2. No fur­ther in­for­ma­tion was avail­able.

Thang­pawl said the boy told her the dog was chas­ing ev­ery­one in­side the hall.

It bit him af­ter he was ad­vised by some­one to stay still. The same hap­pened to the young girl.

‘‘That dog was en­er­getic and ag­gres­sive and chas­ing chil­dren out­side and in­side the back of the hall.’’

The dog even­tu­ally ran away and was fol­lowed by a teenager from the group to make sure it did not re­turn.

The mother of the boy who was bit­ten as­sessed his in­jury, and an ice pack was given to one of the chil­dren, Thang­pawl said.

‘‘These kids are still ter­ri­fied from that trau­matic event.’’

Many of the group did not speak English and Thang­pawl said she had never been in that sort of sit­u­a­tion be­fore.

She was told af­ter the event to call the Porirua City Coun­cil, which re­ferred her on to the coun­cil’s an­i­mal con­trol team.

An of­fi­cer from the team turned up about 10 min­utes later.

Thang­pawl de­scribed the black and white dog as quite big and very ag­gres­sive. She wanted to warn peo­ple in the Can­nons Creek area to be vig­i­lant.

Porirua City Coun­cil mon­i­tor­ing, com­pli­ance and cus­tomer man­ager Leonie McPhail said the coun­cil had in­for­ma­tion from the wit­ness but no re­port from the vic­tim or their par­ents.

‘‘We have im­pounded a dog, found roam­ing, that matches the de­scrip­tion given by the wit­ness but have not ob­tained con­fir­ma­tion if it is in fact the dog that bit the child,’’ she said. ‘‘The dog isn’t chipped. ‘‘We will be fol­low­ing due process on the in­for­ma­tion we have now and any­thing fur­ther we might re­ceive about the in­ci­dent.’’

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