Charge over dog attack

HEATHER SIMPSON
Last updated 16:19 20/03/2014

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The owner of two dogs involved in an unprovoked attack on an autistic man in Waikawa will be prosecuted.

Marlborough District Council's enforcement and prosecutions committee agreed the court proceedings should go ahead.

The council confirmed legal papers had not yet been filed and the charge or charges had not been settled.

Various charges under the Dog Control Act 1996 are being considered.

The possible charges include attacking causing serious injury, a less-serious attacking charge, and not keeping a dog controlled.

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

The bullmastiff-boxer cross dogs were voluntarily surrendered by their owners to council's animal control unit after the February 17 attack and were destroyed one week later.

The 8-year-old male dogs were both registered.

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 severe hearing problems, was attacked on the same arm he had broken two weeks earlier arm-wrestling his father.

His father Philip Sim said he was pleased by the prosecution.

"Jesse can't speak for himself because of the language barrier. We want justice to take its course. We hope the owner will plead guilty and it will avoid a trial."

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- The Marlborough Express

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