Dog owner 'wasn't aware' of jogger's severe injuries

Last updated 13:58 21/01/2014

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A woman whose dog attacked a teenage girl didn't realise how serious the injuries were until she read about it in the news more than a week later.

Authorities have been on the hunt for the woman and her vicious German wirehaired pointer in relation to the killing of a beloved pet and a vicious attack on a girl at Whangamata.

The Thames Coromandel District Council's compliance team sought the public's help to locate the offending animal after it struck in the Williamson Rd area at about 8.30pm on January 6.

A woman had the dog 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, but the woman left 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.

The next day a hound fitting the same description, also being walked by a woman, reportedly mauled and killed 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.

Mr Hart spoke to the Bay of Plenty woman this morning and said she is cooperating.

''She wasn't aware that the injuries were as severe as they were... Once she was aware she came forward.

''We'll be going ahead with completing our investigation. We'll put together a complete file hand it to the legal team and make a decision about whether there's going to be a prosecution.''

Mr Hart said the dog belonged to the woman's husband.

''We're really pleased with the public support throughout the whole investigation. It's been great, particularly in the Whangamata community.'' 

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- Waikato Times

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