Home detention for dog owner
The owner of a dog that brutally attacked his seven-year-old nephew has been sentenced to five months’ home detention.
Henare Tupuwai Carroll was sentenced in the Papakura District Court last Thursday, following the attack in Takanini last year.
He previously pleaded guilty to one charge of owning a dog that attacked a person causing serious injury, and one charge of owning a dog that attacked a person.
The first charge related to the attack by the dog on the young child.
The second charge related to the attack on the person who tried to protect the boy.
Seven-year-old Darnell Mikaere Minarapa-Brown was rushed to hospital with facial wounds after the dog, a threeyear-old pitbull terrier named Caesar, attacked him at a Takanini property in April 2016.
Darnell was playing with the dog in a garage converted into a sleepout on Carroll’s – his uncle’s – property, when the dog turned on the boy.
The boy had suddenly leapt off a couch in the sleepout when the dog pinned him to the ground.
A boarder with him in the garage managed to break the dog’s grip.
Darnell’s mother declined to comment on his uncle’s sentence.
The attack was a catalyst for tougher dog control strategies in Auckland.
Councillor Linda Cooper, chair of Auckland Council’s regulatory committee, said she was pleased with Carroll’s sentence.
‘‘This decision by the court sends a clear message to owners and people in possession of dogs that these matters are taken seriously and people will be held accountable,’’ she said.
The attack in April last year had led the council to initiate its Menacing Dog Amnesty, a campaign aimed at de-sexing and registering menacing dogs, Cooper said.
The amnesty had led to more than 1000 previously unregistered dogs across the city being regis- tered and de-sexed.
Cooper said the Government had recently provided funding for a nationwide subsidised de-sexing programme for menacing dogs.
‘‘From the funding we’ve received, a TXT2DESEX programme has been implemented.
‘‘So far, 466 dogs have been registered for the programme, and 344 of those have already been de-sexed,’’ she said.
Darnell Minarapa-Brown, 7, underwent facial surgery after the nasty attack by a dog.