Dog owner gives other side of story
The owner of a rottweiler dog that attacked a woman on a Gore street says his canine was provoked in the months beforehand.
Andrew Greaves contacted Newslink last week to say he was the owner of the rottweiler that attacked Sue Grant as she was walking with another man along Milton St in May.
Greaves handed his dog to the Gore District Council after the attack and agreed it should be put down.
It was now buried at the back of his section.
The rottweiler and another dog belonging to Greaves, a labrador-collie cross, had charged at Grant and her male companion as they walked along Milton St at lunchtime.
The rottweiler dove in and bit Grant's ankle, piercing her skin and elevating her blood pressure.
Grant said she had regularly walked past the house and it was the first time the dogs had not been securely housed behind the fence.
Greaves said the large gates were always closed so the dogs could not get out, but for an unknown reason they had been open when he had arrived home from work in the days leading up to the attack.
He believed his rottweiler, Jake, "a really good dog" although a bit aggressive, had bitten the woman because the man she was walking with had regularly provoked it in the months leading up to the incident.
The man, who lived in the neighbourhood, did not like his dogs, Greaves said.
"He has been antagonising the dogs through the fence, he has been caught four times digging at the dogs [through the gates] with his walking stick . . . our family members had told him to stop doing it.
"I reckon the dogs were waiting for that guy because they wanted to get him back, he has been hurting them, tormenting them."
The rottweiler had barked at people walking past the property during the past year, "since the guy started hassling it", Greaves said.
The man accused of tormenting the rottweiler denied he had done so, saying he had never poked or hassled the two dogs behind the fence.
Grant, who was walking with the man when she was attacked, said he had never hassled the canines while she had walked with him past the property previously.
Greaves again apologised to Grant, saying she was an innocent bystander and would have to live with being bitten by his dog.
His rottweiler had crossed the line and the only option was to have it put down, he said.
"We did the right thing, we did what we had to . . . but it's not clear cut, there's two sides to every story."