Police seeking owner of dog that attacked teen

The mother of a teenage boy savaged by a dog at Muriwai Beach does not want the dog destroyed because she is an animal lover, police say.

But police plan to issue a warning to muzzle the dog in public after Monday afternoon's attack in the Coast Rd skate park. The dog, believed to be a bull mastiff, mauled the 16-year-old while he was skating with a friend.

The boy suffered puncture wounds to his left arm, hands and the right side of his face.

He suffered one puncture wound to the right side of the face before managing to push the dog away. The boy was rushed to a Waimauku doctor.

Police are seeking the owner, who was driving a van.

Rodney Times