I don’t understand the hand wringing when it comes to dog attacks.
Dogs that attack people die. Immediately.
Chris Gardner at Stuff writes
The Temple View community is worried about a large rottweiler which mauled a young woman so badly that she required more than 100 stitches and a four-night stay in Waikato Hospital.
Shimmal Ngawaka, 20, was hospitalised after the dog savaged her in Temple View Reserve last Thursday afternoon.
The Waikato University accounting student from Dinsdale was walking with friend Raquel Murray when she saw a small, white dog, know as Lulu, come under attack by the large uncollared rottweiler. Both dogs were loose without owners.
Murray went to Lulu’s aid while Ngawaka went after the rottweiler.
“She grabbed the big dog and it grabbed her on the face,” said mutual friend Lauren McCarthy. “It bit her on the left side of the face, all her top lip was missing, and some of her right cheek was missing. She could not speak because she was so shaken.”
The dog dies, and the owner is instantly fined a substantial amount. I’m thinking, $10,000.
Hamilton City Council city safe unit manager Elton Parata said the attack had not been reported to the Animal Education and Control team.
“We urge any witnesses or the victim to report the incident as soon as possible and to give us as much information as they can, so we can investigate.”
Council staff would not say whether any rottweilers were registered in Temple View.
ACC Senior Media Advisor Stephanie Melville said most dog-related injuries were minor and required a visit to the GP.
“The three most common injuries being laceration, soft tissue injury and dental injury. Given we’re a country of animal lovers with a doggy population of approximately 700,000, and around 29 per cent of us are dog-owning homes, it can be a case of the minority [of dogs and dog owners] giving majority a bad wrap.”
Dogs are great.
Bad dogs should be dead.
And bad owners should face immediate fines. No need for the Courts to get involved.