Dog owner in court over attack
The owner of two rottweilers that savaged an 8-year-old boy has entered no plea at Christchurch District Court this morning.
Ralph Neville Sparks, a Linwood painter, was charged with owning a dog causing serious injury when he appeared briefly before a registrar at the court.
The 44-year-old was remanded on bail to appear again on October 29.
Mason Bennett was attacked by two dogs belonging to his mother's partner at Bromley's Linfield Park on the morning of August 17.
It was believed the child had let the dogs, named Kaiser and Buster, out for a walk when they turned on him, throwing him into the air and causing bite wounds to his face, scalp and leg.
He required plastic surgery to repair the wounds.
The family voluntarily surrendered the dogs for euthanasia shortly after the attack.
The boy's father flew to Christchurch from New Plymouth the day after the attack.
The father told The Press previously that his son would probably have long-term scarring but was "lucky to be here".
"I'm proud of my son because of how hard he's been. He's a top boy," he said.
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