Thursday, October 8, 2015

WHIRINAKI, HAWKS BAY NEW ZEALAND - A STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER , A MASTIFF CROSS AND A RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK CROSS ATTACKED 2 WOMEN 45 MINUTES APART - ONE VICTIM WAS JOGGING ON THE BEACH AND THE OTHER WAS WALKING ALONG A NEARBY STREET

Two dogs will be put down and a third may face a similar fate after they attacked two women in separate incidents in Hastings.
In the first attack, at 2.30pm on Saturday, a woman in her thirties was running on the beach at Whirinaki, north of Napier, when she saw the group of three dogs.
The dogs, all male, were a STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER, A MASTIFF CROSS AND A RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK CROSS. They approached the woman and attacked. She was pulled to the ground and suffered multiple puncture wounds and lacerations to her upper arm, her armpit and buttocks. 
Forty-five minutes later a woman in her sixties was walking along a nearby street and was attacked by the same three dogs. She suffered a significant bite injury to her arm and was admitted to Hawke's Bay Hospital before being transferred to Hutt Valley Hospital for specialist care. She is in a stable condition.
Hastings District Council animal welfare officers have seized the dogs. A spokeswoman said two had been relinquished by their owners and will be destroyed.
The owner of the third dog is in discussions with the council.

The council is now considering what action it might take, if any, against the owners.

Council dog control manager John Payne said dog owners needed to understand that all dogs have the potential to take part in "pack behaviour group attacks".
"Even dogs that have never shown previous aggression will get involved.
"We must not forget that within every dog the wild instincts are still there – dormant and modified but they haven't been eliminated.
"It is important that dogs are kept under proper control at all times," Payne said. 
"It is important that people report wandering dogs, to prevent this type of incident."



Injuries suffered by a woman in her thirties, the first of two women to be attacked by a group of three dogs in Hastings on Saturday.
Injuries suffered by a woman in her thirties, the first of two women to be attacked by a group of three dogs in Hastings on Saturday.
Two of three dogs responsible for savage attacks on two women in Hastings will be given lethal injections on Friday.
The owner of the third dog is refusing to relinquish it.
Hastings District Council said 'Halo', a black and white male bull terrier, and 'Max', a brindle and black Neapolitan mastiff cross, would be destroyed after their owners relinquished them.
Injuries suffered by a woman in her sixties, She was the second of two women to be attacked by a group of three dogs in Hastings on Saturday.
Injuries suffered by a woman in her sixties, She was the second of two women to be attacked by a group of three dogs in Hastings on Saturday.
The third dog, 'Rascal', a male Rhodesian ridgeback cross, faces an uncertain future.
It is presently impounded as its owner has not agreed to relinquish it. A council spokeswoman said its future may be decided following court action.
The spokeswoman said a decision on whether to prosecute the owners was likely to be made early next week.
The woman received several puncture wounds.
The woman received several puncture wounds.
The dogs attacked two women near Whirinaki Beach on Saturday in two separate incidents within 45 minutes of each other.
The first attack was on a woman in her thirties who was running along the beach at around 2.30pm.
The woman, who did not want to be identified, said on Thursday that  IT WAS MAX THAT DID THE MOST DAMAGE.
"He was the biggest and the heaviest and I think he thought he was the leader. He managed to pull me down and pin me down because he was such a big strong animal. He probably weighs the same as me. I'm not very big, probably 55kg." she said.
"The strength was amazing. I was trying to stand up but he just put all his weight on me," she said.
The woman said she found herself alone on the beach with the dogs, which began nipping at her legs, so she made her way up to Whirinaki Road, where she was mauled before passing motorists came to her aid.
The woman, who is presently on restricted duties while recovering, said she wanted the owners prosecuted.
"It's hard to give up your dog, but I think it has to happen. I think people should know it doesn't take long for a dog to do quite bad damage to you."
The second victim, a woman in her sixties, was attacked by the dogs 45 minutes later.
Speaking from Hutt Hospital on Wednesday the woman said she thought she was going to die in the attack.
She suffered a significant bite injury to her arm and was admitted to Hawke's Bay Hospital before being transferred to Hutt Valley Hospital, where she received specialist care and is presently in a stable condition.
She said she attempted to get away from the dogs by climbing over a picket fence but Halo ran around the fence and continued the attack.
"I had an umbrella in my right hand. I was trying to defend myself with that. I must have used my left hand too, because that's where it got me," the woman said.
A neighbour came to her aid and got the dog off her.
The woman said she also wanted the owners prosecuted.

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