Home de­ten­tion for dog owner

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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.

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Dar­nell Mi­narapa-Brown, 7, un­der­went fa­cial surgery af­ter the nasty at­tack by a dog.

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