‘Heart­bro­ken’ af­ter pet’s fa­tal maul­ing

The Hutt News - - FRONT PAGE - MATTHEWTSO

‘‘These two dogs just came out of nowhere and started at­tack­ing Piper's back legs.’’

An­thony Wal­ters car­ried his badly wounded dog about a kilo­me­tre home af­ter it was sav­aged by two un­re­strained ‘‘pit bull type’’ dogs.

A rou­tine walk through Lower Hutt turned to tragedy when the dog was at­tacked be­tween Wai­whetu Stream and the Te Ma¯ori build­ing in Wai­whetu on July 23.

‘‘These two dogs just came out of nowhere and started at­tack­ing Piper’s back legs,’’ Wal­ters said.

He in­stinc­tively tried to help his dog, but ev­ery time he man­aged to get one of the at­tack­ing dogs away, the other would con­tinue to at­tack.

Wal­ters said, two boys - one aged about 10 and the other in his late teens, who ap­peared to be the dogs’ own­ers were watch­ing the at­tack un­fold just me­tres away.

‘‘They just watched as I tried to pull Piper away.’’

He fell over twice as he tried to save his dog and was fear­ful the other dogs might turn their at­ten­tion to him.

Af­ter fi­nally get­ting Piper away from the two dogs, he no­ticed ex­ten­sive wounds to her back legs and hindquar­ters.

He said Piper was in a lot of pain and he car­ried her about a kilo­me­tre back to their home.

Piper was taken to a vet that af­ter­noon and was given painkillers.

It was not un­til the next morn­ing when she was taken to an­other vet for surgery that the full ex­tent of her in­juries be­came known.

By July 28 it was clear Piper’s surgery had not been suc­cess­ful.

Not want­ing to pro­long Piper’s suf­fer­ing, it was de­cided to have her put down.

Wal­ters said he was ‘‘heart­bro­ken’’ and that Piper ‘‘didn’t de­serve to die’’.

Wal­ters’ mother Chris had called the Hutt City Coun­cil about the at­tack but was un­cer­tain if any­one could be held re­spon­si­ble as there were no wit­nesses other than the two boys.

She was an­gry that Piper had been killed and said ‘‘pit bull type’’ dogs should not be out roam­ing the streets. ‘‘I don’t blame the dogs.

‘‘It’s the own­ers that need to make sure their dogs are on a leash and un­der su­per­vi­sion.

‘‘There’s not a day that goes by that we don’t ex­pect her to come bound­ing out of my son’s bed­room.’’

She said the of­fend­ing dogs needed to be caught and was in no doubt they could do some­thing sim­i­lar to some­one else’s dog.

Coun­cil an­i­mal con­trol man­ager Les Dal­ton said he was aware of the in­ci­dent and an of­fi­cer had been as­signed to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

PHOTO: MATTHEW TSO/STUFF

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