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Another child is bitten by dog

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21 January 2005

Another child is bitten by dog

A ten-year-old boy was attacked by a American pitbull terrier cross at a Glen Innes property last night, becoming the second child to be bitten by a dog this week.

The dog, which was not confined to the property at the time of the attack, bit the boy on the face, leaving a one-inch injury near his mouth, requiring 17 stitches.

It was relinquished by the owner and was put down earlier today.

The dog was unregistered and was known in the neighbourhood to be aggressive, however it was not known to Auckland City and no previous complaints had been laid against it.

The attack follows one on a five-year-old girl at a Grey Lynn supermarket on Monday.

“This reinforces both the care owners must take to keep their dogs under control at all times and also why pitbull terriers have been classed as menacing,” says Geoff Atherfold, team leader, compliance monitoring.”

The American pitbull terrier type has been classed as menacing under the Dog Control Amendment Act 2003. Under the act, the owners of these dogs must neuter them within one month of classification as menacing or risk having them seized by the council. They must also be muzzled when in public.

This latest incident is still being investigated. No further details are available at this time.


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