Police have charged a man for the dog attack in which an Auckland woman was fatally mauled by two rottweilers on Good Friday.
Waitemata Police said today they had charged a 52 year-old North Shore businessman in relation to the attack in which 31 year-old Chloe Mathewson was killed. Police said the man had also been charged with drug offences.
Mathewson died after she was mauled by two rottweiler dogs during a visit to a home in Redvale on Auckland's North Shore on Friday 29 March. The dogs were destroyed within hours of the attack.
The businessman has now been charged under the 1996 Dog Control Act with two counts of owning a dog that causes serious injury. The charges carry a maximum penalty of three years jail.
"This has been a lengthy and thorough investigation," said Detective Inspector Greg Cramer, who headed the inquiry.
"It is a rare case that ultimately had tragic consequences for the Mathewson family.
"We've spoken with Chloe's family this morning and talked them through the charges."
Police and investigators from the Organised and Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand (OFCANZ) executed a search warrant on the businessman's property this morning, police said.
The man was charged with drug dealing offences including supplying and possession for supply of 15 litres of the chemical GBL, and possession for supply of 1.7 kilograms of the methamphetamine precursor pseudoephedrine.
The drugs were found hidden in a commercial storage unit in Takapuna, police said.
The man was to appear in the North Shore District Court.
As part of the OFCANZ investigation, two other men have also been charged - a 55 year-old unemployed North Shore man is facing charges of possessing and supplying drugs, and a 36 year-old unemployed Pakuranga man faces a charge of possession of GBL for supply.
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