Dog sur­ren­dered and de­stroyed

The Northland Age - - Front Page -

A 10-year-old ter­rier-cross dog that at­tacked a child at an ad­dress near Hihi last week was sur­ren­dered to the Far North District Coun­cil by its owner, and was de­stroyed.

The child was taken to Kaitaia Hospi­tal — af­ter a dra­matic jour­ney from Hihi that ended with the car be­ing spiked by po­lice on SH10 — and was sub­se­quently trans­ferred to Star­ship Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal in Auck­land with fa­cial in­juries.

The coun­cil’s en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices man­ager, Dar­ren Ed­wards, con­firmed that an­i­mal man­age­ment staff had re­moved and de­stroyed the dog, which had been with the fam­ily all its life.

No fur­ther ac­tion would be taken be­cause no one out­side the fam­ily was in­volved, and no com­plaint had been laid.

Mean­while the po­lice be­came in­volved af­ter the car in which the child was be­ing taken to Kaitaia stopped at Ca­ble Bay, the driver, be­lieved to be a mem­ber of the child’s fam­ily, speak­ing briefly to a po­lice pa­trol be­fore con­tin­u­ing.

He stopped at Taipa so other other fam­ily mem­bers, who ac­cord­ing to po­lice were fright­ened by the man­ner in which he was driv­ing, could get out of the car. Af­ter al­most col­lid­ing headon with a camper­van the car was pur­sued by po­lice, at speeds of up to 140km/h, to­wards Kaitaia.

The pur­suit was aban­doned be­cause of the dan­ger in­volved, but Kaitaia po­lice used spikes to stop the car at Cal­i­for­nia Hill, out­side Awanui.

Po­lice took the child and her father the rest of the way to Kaitaia Hospi­tal.

A po­lice spokesman said the sit­u­a­tion had ob­vi­ously been an emer­gency, but the er­ratic and dan­ger­ous man­ner in which the car had been driven had en­dan­gered not only the oc­cu­pants but oth­ers on the road.

Charges against the driver were pend­ing.

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