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.’’