Boy at­tacked by dog on loose

South Waikato News - - Front Page - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

A five-year-old Toko­roa boy was at­tacked by a dog on his front lawn when he was on his way to visit his grand­mother.

The un­pro­voked at­tack oc­curred around 4.50pm on Thurs­day af­ter­noon when Noah Teaukura was walk­ing across his front lawn.

Hear­ing some­thing be­hind him, Noah turned to see a dog lunge at his face.

He was taken to Toko­roa Hospi­tal with a punc­ture wound to his left cheek.

Grand­mother Ta­nia Teaukura said it could have been worse, since the dog re­leased her grand­son when peo­ple walked past.

‘‘You can see the teeth marks, like I said he’s lucky. It could have got his eye. Any bite from a dog is ter­ri­ble.

‘‘You hear of cases where they just rip the kids to shreds. We’re just for­tu­nate.’’

The at­tack hap­pened so fast Noah can’t de­scribe the breed but thinks the dog may have been black and white.

No one knew any­thing had hap­pened un­til the grand­mother saw Noah run­ning to the back­yard.

When she went to look for him, he was shiv­er­ing and hid­ing in the cor­ner of the yard.

‘‘He’s not a screamer. I think he got a fright and his nat­u­ral in­stinct was to hide.’’

The in­ci­dent hasn’t put him off dogs, but his fam­ily is wor­ried a dan­ger­ous dog still roams their neigh­bour­hood.

A re­port was made to Po­lice and An­i­mal Con­trol is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent.

‘‘We are def­i­nitely wor­ried it will hap­pen again.

‘‘If he [Noah] wants to go out, he’s go­ing to have an adult walk him over.

‘‘What are we to do? They’re kids and they want to go out and play and with some­thing like this we can’t give them free­dom to go out and play.’’

Neigh­bour El­iz­a­beth Gordon said a lot of chil­dren play in the cul de sac and some­thing needs to be done to pre­vent this from hap­pen­ing again.

She said this is the first time there’s been a prob­lem with an ag­gres­sive dog.

‘‘We’ve got to find him and get if off the street.’’

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