Dog bites ‘chunk’ out of girl’s arm

The Dominion Post - - News - MATTHEW TSO

A 4-year-old girl is miss­ing a chunk of her arm af­ter be­ing bit­ten by a dog.

The girl was play­ing at a friend’s house in Feather­ston, Wairarapa, on Satur­day when an unat­tended dog wan­dered into the yard.

The mother of the girl, who did not want her or her daugh­ter’s iden­tity pub­lished, said the first she knew of the at­tack was when the child and her friend came ‘‘scream­ing out of the bushes’’.

‘‘She was on a play date when it came up be­hind her and bit her.

‘‘She has about a tea­spoon [of flesh] miss­ing from be­hind her el­bow and punc­ture marks in her ten­don.’’

Welling­ton Free Am­bu­lance was called, but an am­bu­lance was not dis­patched. The girl was taken to hos­pi­tal by her mother where the wound was cleaned and dressed.

Welling­ton Free spokes­woman Diane Liv­ingston said they had re­ceived a call about a child be­ing bit­ten by a dog about 6pm.

Clin­i­cal ad­vice was given over the phone. No fur­ther ac­tion was taken.

The mother said her child was ‘‘quite happy’’ and ‘‘bois­ter­ous’’ af­ter be­ing bit­ten. The in­ci­dent was re­ported to an­i­mal con­trol and the mother said she wanted the dog caught to pre­vent the same thing hap­pen­ing to some­one else.

It was un­clear what sort of dog had bit­ten her daugh­ter. She favoured a mea­sured re­sponse from au­thor­i­ties, but did not want to com­ment on what ac­tion should be taken.

‘‘It was an ac­ci­dent and no-one can be blamed for it. What if my daugh­ter pro­voked it?’’

She said un­su­per­vised dogs wan­der­ing around Feather­ston was a prob­lem and more needed to be done to keep the pub­lic safe.

An op­er­a­tor at City Care, who takes an­i­mal con­trol calls on be­half of the South Wairarapa Dis­trict Coun­cil, con­firmed the in­ci­dent had been logged and the by­laws of­fi­cer was look­ing into it.

No-one from the South Wairarapa Dis­trict Coun­cil was avail­able for com­ment.

A 4-year-old girl was bit­ten on the arm by a dog in Feather­ston.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.