Dogs destroyed after attack

HEATHER SIMPSON
Last updated 07:13 12/03/2014

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Two dogs involved in an unprovoked attack on an autistic man in Waikawa have been put down.

Jesse Sim suffered a 10-centimetre gash and puncture marks to his right arm after the dog jumped him from behind and bit into his upper arm while the second dog circled.

The bull mastiff boxer cross dogs were voluntarily surrendered by their owners to Marlborough District Council's animal control unit after the February 17 attack and were destroyed one week later.

The council said the 8-year-old male dogs were both registered.

The council's enforcement and prosecutions committee is considering prosecuting the dogs' owner.

Mr Sim had been taking his daily walk to help ease his social anxiety when the attack happened on Waikawa Rd.

The 32-year-old, who also suffers from severe hearing problems, was attacked on the same arm he had broken two weeks earlier arm-wrestling his father.

Mr Sim's mother, Cathy Sim, said the decision to put the dogs down had been the right one.

"I am pleased the dogs have been destroyed, not just for Jesse but for everyone's sake," she said.

"I want a court case to happen. Jesse can't voice his own opinion because he doesn't have the language. It is justice for him."

Mrs Sim said her son was still dealing with the attack.

"Three days after the attack he suffered a terrible nightmare and he was shaking in his sleep. The broken arm he was attacked on is annoying him and he finds it very frustrating.

"He is still going for his daily walks which is incredible."

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- The Mirror

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