Hunt for Whangamata's killer dog
A dog owner whose vicious hound attacked a girl and killed her beloved in front of its traumatised owner was still at large last night.
Authorities were on the hunt for a dangerous brown and white German wirehaired pointer on the streets of Whangamata yesterday but it was still on the run come evening.
The situation is "extremely serious", Thames Coromandel District Council spokesman Steve Hart said.
Last week Mr Hart's compliance team sought help to locate a dog that attacked a teenage girl in the Williamson Rd area at about 8.30pm on January 6.
A woman had the hound on a lead when it lunged at a 14-year-old girl, who was jogging alongside two other girls on bikes.
She was left with significant injuries on her upper legs requiring stitches.
The woman walking the dog disappeared before the ambulance arrived.
The victim initially described the animal as a labradoodle but an internet search of dog mug shots showed it was highly likely to have been a german wirehaired pointer.
Mr Hart received a second report at the weekend of a hound fitting the same description, also being walked by a woman, mauling and killing a small dog.
This attack occurred on the estuary off Apperly Ave area on January 7 at 8.30pm.
Mr Hart said a 13-year-old girl was walking her pooch when it was savaged.
"Her young pet, her little friend was killed right in front of her," he said.
"It's a dangerous dog and it needs to be found and secured and dealt with through the courts. We would seek a destruction order on the dog and a prosecution on the owner because she has failed to come forward."
There are no dogs of that breed on the council's database but inquiries are underway to find an animal fitting that description in other North Island regions.
Mr Hart said the hunt would go on.
"We will continue until we locate this woman. Any dog that attacks any person in our neck of the woods is serious. We're appealing for this woman to come forward and do the right thing."
Anyone who has any information that could track the owner down, even an address where she stays in Whangamata, is urged to contact 07 868 0200.