Hunt for dog af­ter child hurt

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A 4-year-old child suf­fered deep cuts to the face from a dog at­tack at the Waipuku­rau trol­ley derby.

The Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay District Coun­cil is now ask­ing the owner to come for­ward. A coun­cil spokesper­son said it was too early to de­ter­mine whether there would be any charges or whether the dog would be de­stroyed.

“If any dog owner wants more in­for­ma­tion about how to con­trol their dog or are con­cerned about their dog’s be­hav­iour, we en­cour­age them to con­tact our An­i­mal Con­trol Ser­vices Team here at Coun­cil or seek other pro­fes­sional ad­vice.” A woman bit­ten in O¯ tane last year prompted those who had suf­fered sim­i­lar in­ci­dents to re­port them to An­i­mal Con­trol.

Susie Smith, 70, was too scared to go down cer­tain streets in O¯ tane be­cause of prob­lems with ag­gres­sive and un­re­strained dogs, in­clud­ing a Fe­bru­ary 22 at­tack when she was bit­ten on the leg. She re­ported the in­ci­dent to CHB District Coun­cil’s an­i­mal con­trol unit which she said re­sulted in a woman be­ing is­sued with an in­fringe­ment no­tice and fined.

“An­i­mal con­trol does an ex­cel­lent job but I be­lieve peo­ple do not re­port in­ci­dents be­liev­ing, pos­si­bly, that they are the only ones af­fected.”

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