An investigation is under way after a pitbull dog attacked a pet goat.
Mark Southart was at home in Bishopdale on Wednesday when he heard his goat, Alvin, bleating.
The pitbull which lives next-door was attacking the goat through the fence, he said.
The woman at the house had no idea what to do, he said, so he had to go over and pull off the dog.
"If I hadn't been home, the goat would be dead."
The goat, which is 11 months old, had to be taken to the vet for bite wounds to his left leg, but was back home yesterday.
Mr Southart said when he went next-door late yesterday, his neighbour agreed to pay the $190 vet bill.
He said it was his understanding that the dog was supposed to be kept in a specially set up area, and if it was outside of that it should be muzzled.
Mr Southart said he had had concerns over the dog before, and called dog control about its behaviour.
"This time it was Alvin, but it could've been cats, dogs, it could've been a kid up there on the bank."
The dog's owner could not be contacted for comment.
A Nelson Dog Control spokesman said officers were not in a position to make any comment until after the investigation was complete.
Under the Dog Control Act 1996, a dog owner can be charged with an offence and may be liable to a fine, if their dog is responsible for an attack on people or other animals. The owner is also liable for any damages caused by the dog.
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