Two pitbull-type dogs that savaged two women in Otaki are on death row, awaiting a formal decision on their fate today.
The women, aged 48 and 67, remain in a stable condition in Palmerston North Hospital after surgery.
They were attacked by the dogs on a private property in Moana St about 3.15pm on Wednesday.
Neighbour Robert Duncan ran to the first victim when he heard her screaming and watched in horror as one of the dogs sank its teeth into the other woman's bottom "and tore the crap out of it".
Mr Duncan is calling for the dogs to be shot.
Kapiti Coast District Council staff met the dogs' owners yesterday. No decision on their fate will be announced until it has been legally agreed.
Council community services group manager Tamsin Evans said the attacks shocked animal control officers. "It must have been a terrifying ordeal for the women, leaving them with serious wounds that will take time to heal."
- The Dominion Post