Owners charged after dog attack on girl
Charges have been laid against the owners of the dogs which mauled a young girl in Murupara earlier this month.
Seven-year-old Sakurako Uehara was playing outside at the property of family friends on March 3 when she was attacked by four dogs belonging to the property owners.
The Japanese girl suffered life-threatening facial injuries in the attack which a plastic surgeon later described as "horrific".
After the attack the owners immediately took steps to have the four dogs involved put down by a vet, but police said today that they had laid charges against the owners of the the staffordshire bull terrier-cross dogs.
They will appear in Rotorua District Court in April.
The two owners are jointly charged with owning a dog which causes serious injury - an offence against Section 58 of the Dog Control Act.
Sakurako is still in hospital and had further reconstructive surgery on Monday.
That followed a 10-hour operation at Middlemore Hospital the week before, to repair facial wounds.