School­boy ran for his life from dog at­tack

South Waikato News - - Conversations - PHILLIPA YALDEN, FRANCES FER­GU­SON

The owner of a Pit­bull-boxer cross who at­tacked four high­school boys last week has been charged.

His three-year-old dog was im­me­di­ately im­pound fol­low­ing the at­tack in Toko­roa last Wed­nes­day and was put down on Fri­day.

The dog’s 47-year-old owner has been charged with own­ing a dog that causes in­jury which car­ries a max­i­mum penalty of 3 years im­pris­on­ment or a $20,000 fine.

He ap­peared in the Toko­roa District Court on Tues­day.

Mean­while, the po­lice said the at­tack was a timely re­minder to dog own­ers to be re­spon­si­ble for their an­i­mals.

‘‘You are re­spon­si­ble to en­sure your en­clo­sure is se­cure to pre­vent this type of in­ci­dent hap­pen­ing again,’’ Se­nior Sergeant Ja­son Hen­der­son said.

The boys in­volved in the at­tack de­scribed it as scary.

‘‘It was pretty freaky. I was sprint­ing, try­ing to save my­self. I wasn’t re­ally think­ing. I was kinda in shock, think­ing, oh, sh.., I just got mauled by a dog,’’ Iza­iah Parry, 16, said.

‘‘It felt like some­one was punch­ing me.’’

Parry and three of his friends were walk­ing home about lunchtime on Wed­nes­day from water­sports in Toko­roa when they found two wan­der­ing dogs on the rail­way tracks, Iza­iah said.

Af­ter tak­ing them to the SPCA, they took a short­cut back to school through the gully on Kelso St.

‘‘This big brown dog climbed over and started chas­ing us. We sprinted down the gully ... we saw the dog come up to us and was act­ing all friendly. Then it ran at Shakur and started bit­ing at his bag and jacket.’’

In a mat­ter of sec­onds, Iza­iah found him­self run­ning down the gully with the dog bit­ing at his heels.

‘‘I tried grab­bing it by the col­lar, but it bit my arm – my arm went dead.’’

His mate Ran­giora Marino grabbed the back legs of the dog while an­other of the boys took hold of the neck and they pulled the dog off.

Iza­iah suf­fered punc­ture wounds to his an­kles, leg and arm.

A nearby res­i­dent came to the group’s aid and drove the 16-year-old to Toko­roa Hospi­tal.

Iza­iah Parry shows the mark a dog left on him af­ter he was at­tacked.

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