Women injured as dogs attack

BEN STRANG
Last updated 11:10 03/12/2012

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An unregistered dog was one of two that put two women in hospital after a vicious attack in Otaki on Wednesday.

Two pitbull-type dogs attacked a woman in her 60s on a joint driveway in Otaki, causing severe injuries.

A second woman in her 40s came to the older woman's aid, but was also attacked, Senior Constable Peter Smith said.

The two dogs were microchipped, but Kapiti Coast District Council spokeswoman Anna Kenna said the main aggressor was no longer registered with the council.

"My understanding is that it was microchipped, and had been registered in the past," she said.

"Both woman [were] still in hospital [Friday], and have had surgery. I would expect they will remain in hospital well into [this] week."

The legs of both women were severely mauled by the dogs, and one of the dogs tried to bite the neck of one woman.

The dogs' owners could not be located immediately after the attack, but dog control staff were planning to speak with the them.

Council group manager community services Tamsin Evans said council staff were working with police to establish exactly what happened and to determine what legal action may be taken against the owner.

"This was a very nasty attack that shocked experienced animal control officers," she said.

"It must have been a terrifying ordeal for the women involved and has left them with serious wounds that will take time to heal."

Ms Kenna said dog control staff would ask the owners to relinquish ownership of the dogs but if not they would be seized as evidence in the attack.

Enquiries are continuing, and anyone with information about the attack is asked to call police on 06 364 7366.

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