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Yet an­other child has been at­tacked by a dog.

This time the poor vic­tim was 5-year-old Noah Teaukura who had to go to hospi­tal af­ter the dog bit him, punc­tur­ing his left cheek.

The re­spon­si­ble dog is yet to be found and his fam­ily are now, right­fully, wor­ried that a dan­ger­ous dog is on the loose.

We hear all too of­ten about th­ese at­tacks.

Just last month four Toko­roa school boys were at­tacked by an­other dog, se­ri­ously in­jur­ing one of the boys.

I think it’s time to start ask­ing the tough ques­tions like why is it that th­ese dogs are left to roam in the first place?

Is it time to in­tro­duce a li­cence as such for dog own­ers - to make them sit a test and prove they are re­spon­si­ble own­ers be­fore they are al­lowed a dog?

That might well help- but how do you en­force this?

I cer­tainly don’t have the an­swers, but I think more dis­cus­sion needs to be had to en­sure the safety of our mokop­una.

Ni­cola Bren­nan-tu­para

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