Pit bull released two days after ‘rushing’ child
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.