Keep dogs con­trolled

South Waikato News - - NEWS/OPINION -

As a ratepayer I con­sider the $74,000 le­gal bill as money very well spent. Keep spend­ing more un­til New Zealand gets this prob­lem un­der con­trol.

This is like the liquor prob­lem, cen­tral Gov­ern­ment politi­cians, for ex­am­ple Min­is­ter David Carter, are so re­moved from the real world that they will not act ef­fec­tively. Lawyers for their part will keep ar­gu­ing a case pro­vided some­one will continue to pay. Ev­ery year 500 peo­ple, many young chil­dren, are hos­pi­talised due to vi­cious dog at­tacks with hor­rific in­juries. Con­sider just two, firstly in Ro­torua in 2004 leav­ing a 7 year old lucky to be alive and then here in the South Waikato in 2009, when ‘‘eight dogs got a 29-year-old woman to the ground and she in­stinc­tively curled into the foetal po­si­tion to pro­tect her­self, as they con­tin­ued the fierce at­tack.’’

Amer­i­can pit-bulls are over rep­re­sented in dog at­tack sta­tis­tics. Re­spon­si­ble breed­ers do not al­low vi­cious-man­nered dogs to sur­vive. We do not al­low peo­ple to carry deadly weapons nei­ther should we tol­er­ate any vi­cious and ag­gres­sive an­i­mals in our com­mu­ni­ties. K Royson Pu­taruru

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