Marton dog attack man in custody

Last updated 12:00 04/12/2012

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A Marton man is in custody after allegedly setting his bull mastif-pitbull cross on to three men, one of whom ended up in Whanganui Hospital.

The 37-year-old man was charged with three counts of injuring with a weapon - the dog - and male assaults female, after the incident last month.

Police Constable Richard Gower, of Marton, said the man was drinking in a group when an argument broke out and he set his dog on them.

A 22-year-old man was bitten on the shoulder, but did not require medical treatment, while a 56-year-old man was bitten on the leg and was treated by ambulance staff and referred to a doctor.

A 54-year-old man was bitten on the buttocks and the leg, and was taken to Whanganui Hospital, where he received stitches to his leg and was discharged.

The dog has since been put down.

The man will reappear in the Marton District Court on December 19.

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