The number of Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) dog bite claims across all breeds has doubled since 2006, from almost 6000 to over 12,000 last year.
Last year, those claims cost the taxpayer about $4.5 million.
[An] Otara resident, Sanga Tomasi, said dogs roaming the streets were a danger to her three children and needed to be locked up.
“My street’s got heaps of dogs running around and my kids play outside so I have to keep them in my house, inside my property, because the dogs, some of them are dangerous. That is my biggest fear.”
Responsible dog owners pay exorbitant fees so that dogs like that are dealt with. Yet the council doesn’t do a thing about it.
A seven-year-old Auckland boy needed 100 stitches to his face after he was mauled by his uncle’s pit bull terrier on Saturday.
[Another] Otara local Maraea Howe said she believed pit bulls had dangerous instincts and should be banned.
“I’m totally scared of them. Whenever I see one, I’m really cautious, so yeah I shouldn’t have to walk down the road and be like that, be put in that position.
I’m surprised someone doesn’t leave a few poison-laced steaks lying around. After all, when it comes to free roaming dogs and your own children, if the owners don’t care and the council don’t round them up, what else do you do? Read more »