Attack prompts registration call
Irresponsible dog owners have been put on notice by South Waikato District Council animal control staff after a dog attack.
A 14-year-old boy was mauled by two unregistered dogs in the rural Mossop Rd area just outside Tokoroa on December 22.
District council animal control officers were on the scene within the hour to uplift the dogs and said the boy was extremely brave.
‘‘He deserves a medal,’’ animal control officer Jon Smith said. ‘‘While still under attack by the dogs he crawled onto a nearby quad bike and headed back to the house.’’
‘‘ Dog attacks like this are extremely disturbing,’’ South Wai- kato mayor Neil Sinclair said. ‘‘Every credit to the young victim for keeping a cool head under what must have been terrifying circumstances.’’
The council has an active dog registration check programme. Registration fees and additional costs will be issued to any unregistered dog owners.
Checks will continue throughout 2011 and council staff strongly urged farm owners and managers to ensure all their workers’ dogs were registered and properly contained.
‘‘There is simply no excuse for having unregistered dogs and allowing them to roam free,’’ senior animal control officer Kerry Beckett said. ‘‘The majority of dog owners are very responsible but the actions of just a few are extremely careless.
‘‘Our animal control staff and the police have the council’s full support in progressing this case through the legal system. Such attacks are completely unnecessary,’’ Mr Sinclair said.