Dog's fate uncertain after boy mauled

KIRSTY JOHNSTON
Last updated 12:28 05/12/2012

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A dog that attacked a four-year-old boy will remain at the pound while authorities decide whether to destroy it.

The child was mauled at his North Shore home on Monday night. Neighbours heard screams before rushing next door to find the boy covered in blood, police say.

The boy was taken to Starship Children's Hospital where he was treated for a severe scalp laceration and a bite wound below his eye.

North Shore area commander Inspector Les Paterson said there was initial confusion over what had happened.

He said neighbours at first believed the boy had been the victim of an assault and called police.

When officers arrived it was established he had been attacked by a Staffordshire terrier that belonged to a visitor at the house.

An Auckland Council spokesman today said that the dog would remain in their care while they collected evidence and decided whether to prosecute its owner. 

To destroy the dog, the council would first need to get a conviction through the court and the judge would have to order its destruction.

A decision is expected to take several months.

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