Pit bull re­leased two days af­ter ‘rush­ing’ child

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE - By ADEN MILES

A Toko­roa mother is livid that a pit bull which ‘‘rushed’’ her three­year- old daugh­ter and part­ner was re­leased back into the community by South Waikato An­i­mal Con­trol two days later.

The dog, which has a his­tory of demon­strat­ing con­cern­ing be­hav­iour to­wards sur­round­ing neigh­bours, at­tempted to at­tack the tod­dler in May.

‘‘It is dan­ger­ous. I don’t want to sound like a rav­ing lu­natic, but this is a dan­ger­ous dog,’’ she said.

The dis­con­tented mother said neigh­bours had had on­go­ing is­sues with the dog.

‘‘I am just over it when they are com­ing on to my prop­erty. It tried to have a go at my daugh­ter.’’

She be­lieves the dog burst through a hole in her fence and could not see how any­one could jus­tify re­leas­ing this dog back into the community.

‘‘I have just had enough. What is it go­ing to take for this coun­cil to do some­thing? That was a rab­bit, this is a child, what is more im­por­tant?’’

An­i­mal Con­trol’s se­nior of­fi­cer Kerry Beck­ett said there had been four ver­bal com­plaints re­gard­ing the dog, which were dealt with by in­fringe­ments, im­pound­ing or both.

Mrs Beck­ett said the dog had been taken to the pound three times since Fe­bru­ary.

‘‘The dog was seized on May 13 fol­low­ing an al­leged rush­ing in­ci­dent. It was re­turned to the owner on May 15.’’

How­ever, Mrs Beck­ett said the coun­cil had not re­ceived any writ­ten state­ments from the com­plainant.

‘‘To date, coun­cil has re­ceived no writ­ten state­ment re­gard­ing this dog.’’

Mrs Beck­ett was also asked about an­other re­cent pit bull­re­lated in­ci­dent in which a 19-year-old woman was at­tacked by her part­ner’s dog.

‘‘The dog was re­turned to the owner.

‘‘Coun­cil had no writ­ten state­ment, no wit­ness came for­ward [the lady re­fused to make a state­ment, or talk with of­fi­cers] and the penalty fees were paid in full.

‘‘Un­der the law coun­cil had no choice but to re­turn the dog,’’ Mrs Beck­ett said.

She said com­plainants must sub­mit a writ­ten state­ment and be pre­pared to stand up in court.

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