Saturday, April 9, 2016
TAKANINI, AUCKLAND NZ - A FAMILY PIT BULL ATTACKED A 7-YEAR-OLD BOY IN THE FACE
UPDATE: A 7-year-old boy has undergone more than 100 facial stitches, had a metal plate inserted into his fractured nose and cheek and may never regain movement in his upper lip after being mauled by a pitbull in south Auckland.,,,,,,
A young boy was playing with his uncle's PIT BULL when he was attacked and suffered serious injuries to his face. The 7-year-old boy was bitten in the face by the pit bull terrier in Takanini, South Auckland about 1:30 pm on Saturday.
Henare Carroll, who lives at the house, said Darnell had just arrived to play video games while his mum and his partner went shopping.
The dog attacked the child in the garage which is used as a sleepout.
Darnell ran straight for the garage where the play station 4 was set up, but moments later the house was filled with screams.
"My partner just broke down when she saw the blood. She was yelling 'he's going to die'."
Darnell leapt off the couch suddenly when the dog pinned him to the ground. A boarder with him in the garage, Joel Neho, threw his arm across the dogs mouth to break the grip.
"I got him off him, it was just adrenaline at the time and shock later. The dog was pretty scared, it ran off and tried to hide," said Neho.
Family rushed to help, applying pressure to the wound and calling an ambulance. Carroll said the dog left a large bite mark under the boy's cheekbone.
"I saw a lot of blood but he did manage to walk to the ambulance," he said.
Darnell had been admitted to Sternship Children's Hospital and is waiting to go into surgery. His family is with him.
Carroll said Caesar, a 3-year-old Pit Bull Terrier never attacked before.
"I'm gutted. I thought it was a good dog."
He ask Animal Management to put the dog down. The incident is being investigated.
THE HOUSE WHERE DARNELL WAS BITTEN WAS OWNED BY HOUSING NEW ZEALAND. A SPOKESMAN FOR HNZ SAID THEY WERE AWARE OF THE INCIDENT BUT COULD NOT COMMENT AS THEY WERE INVESTIGATING THE SITUATION WITH POLICE AND THE FAMILY. HNZ PUBLISHED THEIR DOG POLICY ON THEIR WEB SITE SAYING, "HNZ LIKE MANY OTHER LANDLORDS, GENERALLY DOESN'T ALLOW DOGS ON ITS PROPERTIES."