Otaki attack dogs to be put down

23:16, Dec 03 2012
A male pitbull terrier-cross that took part in the attack.
DEATH ROW? A male pitbull terrier-cross that took part in the attack.

Two pitbull-cross dogs on death row after viciously attacking two women at Otaki Beach last week are to be put down. 

The victims, aged 67 and 48, were attacked in Moana St about 3.15pm on Wednesday.

The first victim suffered extensive bites to her arms, legs and neck while the second received a gash to her right thigh.

Both women remain in Palmerston North Hospital in a stable condition.

The dogs are to be euthanized this week after their owner signed them over to the council.

Council community services manager Tamsin Evans said the dog's owner was co-operative in relinquishing the dogs.


"This person understands the gravity of what has happened and potential consequences."

Ms Evans said the council will be pursuing a prosecution under Section 58 of the Dog Control Act, once police conclude their investigation, which is likely to be soon.

"This carries a possible term of imprisonment and is the severest penalty available to councils. We hope this sends out a message to the public about the responsibilities of dog ownership."

Robert Duncan ran to save the first victim when he heard her screaming and was shocked when one of the dogs sank its teeth into the second victim's bottom "and tore the crap out of it."

Mr Duncan believed the dogs should be shot.

There were reports of blood and pieces of flesh left scattered on the driveway where the attacks occurred.

Council animal control officers seized the dogs, a bitch called "Ali" and a young male called "Puppy".

The dogs were not registered but one had been in the past and was micro-chipped, which meant it could be identified beyond doubt.

Ms Evans said the incident had been extremely distressing for the women and their families, as well as police, ambulance and animal control officers who attended.

"It has been a very sad saga all round but serves to remind us how unpredictable and dangerous dogs can be and why owners of breeds classified as "menacing" and "dangerous" need to be especially vigilant," she said.

The Dominion Post