Thursday, April 14, 2016
TOKOROA NZ - A BOXER/PIT BULL MIX JUMPED A FENCE AND CHARGED AT 3 TEEN BOYS ZEROING IN ON ONE - MAULING HIS LEGS AND ARMS - HEROES - HIS FRIENDS FOUGHT THE DOG OFF HIM
Izaiah Parry was pelting down a gully when he felt the dogs teeth puncture his skin. "It was pretty freaky. I was sprinting, trying to save myself. I wasn't really thinking, I was kinda in shock, thinking --'Oh, sh--, I just got mauled by a dog'. It felt like someone was punching me. The dog's owner stayed behind the fence the dog had just leapt over and watched," Izaiah said, "Only yelling, "Come here, Boss."
South Waikato police are investigating whether the owner deliberately set the dog on the 16-year-old and his three mates.
The three were walking hone about lunchtime on Wednesday from watersports in Tokoroa when they found two wondering dogs on the railway tracks, Izaiah said. After taking them to the SPCA, they took a shortcut back to school through the gully on Kelso Street.
"This big brown dog climbed over and started chasing us. We sprinted down the gully...we saw the dog come up to us and acting friendly. Then it ran at Shakus and started biting his bag and jacket. In a matter of seconds Izaiah found himself running down the gully with the dog biting his heels. It came at him four times.
"The dog just started biting me. I tried grabbing it by the collar, but it bit my arm and my arm went dead."
Izaiah tried to stay upright to stop the dog from getting at his face.
"I was looking down at my bleeding leg and arm. I could hardly walk."
His mate Rangiora Marino grabbed the back legs of the dog while another of the boys took hold of the neck. Together they pulled the dog off Izaiah and hald it down until the owner arrived.
"His leg was ripped up," Rangiora said. "It looked pretty bad - it had to be bandaged up. It's pretty sad."
"It was pretty mean," Izaiah said. " I would have gotten eaten up otherwise.
"IT'S COOL THEY HAD THE GUTS TO GO DOWN TO THAT LEVEL AND GRAB IT."
"The owner was yelling at us, telling us we shouldn't tease it, but was standing there watching," Izaiah said.
He suffered puncture wounds to his ankles, leg and arm. A nearby resident came to the group's aid and drove the 16-year-old and his three friends to Tokoroa Hospital.
"It was one of two dog attacks in the Waikato on Wednesday. A 10-year-old was taken to Thames Hospital after being bitten in Waihi. The dog involved in the Tokoroa incident was believed to be a PIT BULL/BOXER MIX and was neither registered nor micro-chipped," South Waikato District Council Compliance Officer Kerry Beckett said. The three-year-old dog was impounded and will be destroyed on Friday.
"There is some thought the owner set the dog on to them. We are still investigating. The owner certainly didn't go after the dog quick enough. If he did set it onto them, that is a serious matter.... DOGS CAN BE USED AS WEAPONS."