Owners charged after dog attack on girl

00:39, Mar 27 2014
Sakurako Uehara
YOUNG VICTIM: Sakurako Uehara, 7, who was attacked by four dogs in Murupara.

Charges have been laid against the owners of the dogs which mauled a young girl in Murupara earlier this month.

Seven-year-old Sakurako Uehara was playing outside at the property of family friends on March 3 when she was attacked by four dogs belonging to the property owners.

The Japanese girl suffered life-threatening facial injuries in the attack which a plastic surgeon later described as "horrific".

After the attack the owners immediately took steps to have the four dogs involved put down by a vet, but police announced today that they had laid charges against the owners of the the staffordshire bull terrier-cross dogs.

They will appear in Rotorua District Court in April.

The two owners are jointly charged with owning a dog which causes serious injury - an offence against Section 58 of the Dog Control Act.

Sakurako is still in hospital and had further reconstructive surgery on Monday.

That followed a ten-hour operation at Middlemore Hospital the week before, to repair facial wounds.