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Last updated 09:32 11/07/2014

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The owners of the four dogs that attacked seven-year-old Murupara girl Sakurako Uehara have pleaded not guilty to breaches of the Dog Control Act 1996. 

The solicitor for Gareth Clive Boyt and Charlotte Boyt, Bill Lawson, entered the not guilty plea at Rotorua Court, citing the fact they were not on the premises at the time "and not in charge of the dogs at the time of the attack."

Lawson said the Police had not offered the Boyt's diversion.

They are accused of breaching section 58 of the Dog Control Act 1996, of owning a dog which caused serious injury.

The maximum penalty is three years in prison or a $2000 fine. Uehara was mauled by four Staffordshire-Terrier cross dogs on March 3.

Following the attack all four dogs were put down.

The Boyts were remanded at large before a case review hearing on August 20.

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- Waikato Times

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