Whangamata's killer dog owner emerges
A woman who says she is the owner of Whangamata's killer has emerged.
Authorities have been on the hunt for a brown and white German wirehaired pointer since it first struck on January 6, killing a family pet and attacking its teenage owner. but the animal remains at large.
Thames Coromandel District Council spokesman Steve Hart said this morning they have two suspects in Hamilton and Auckland. But on Monday afternoon a woman had made contact claiming to be the dog's owner, he said.
''She just wants to talk to us and give her side of events,'' he said.
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 canine 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.
The second 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.