At­tack prompts reg­is­tra­tion call

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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