A Patea woman whose dog attacked a Hawera detective during a drugs search said she warned police the pit bull did not like men.
Raeana Consuallo Eileen Whakatutu, 35, pleaded guilty to owning a dog which attacked a person, failing to control the dog and cannabis possession before Judge David McKegg in Hawera District Court yesterday.
On August 17, Whakatutu was at her then-partner's address with her female pit bull when police arrived with a search warrant.
The pit bull ran straight at Detective Sergeant Frank Melhop and latched on to his leg, before having a second go at the officer's hand.
The animal was surrendered to South Taranaki District Council and later put down.
A bag of cannabis was found in the house.
Whakatutu had been upset by the loss of her pet which she said had only been protecting her.
"I did give a warning, she didn't like males," she said.
Judge McKegg convicted and discharged Whakatutu on the dog offences and gave her 50 hours' community service for possession.
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