Increase in Porirua dog attacks
Dozens of dog bite incidents in PoriruaPAUL EASTON
HUTT VALLEY REPORTER
The number of attacks and incidents involving dogs in Porirua is on the rise, latest figures show.
In the last financial year, complaints about dog attacks or bites rose to 48 compared to 35 the previous year, according to a Porirua City Council report.
Rushing and startling incidents rose from 15 to 23 in the same period.
Only one owner was prosecuted during the period and 466 dogs were impounded.
In January, a pitbull-staffordshire cross dog was put down after mauling its Porirua owner's 18-month-old daughter.
Two months later a dog described as "savage" bit a Porirua police constable Wolfgang Haist through his body armour, leaving puncture wounds in his chest.
The number of registered dogs in the area is also on the rise, with registration in the last financial year at 4439, up from 4260 in the previous year.
A council Te Komiti meeting today heard the rise in attacks was due to more people getting dogs and more registering them.
Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett said the rise in dog attacks was a cause for concern.
The council was active in the area of dog control, he said, including a personal visit to all registered dog owners.
"If we know about them all we can educate owner do all we can to prevent dogs roaming, and eventually reduce attacks."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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