Perhaps this should be the standard defence technique for any kind of attack?

What do Michelle Boag, Martyn Bradbury, John Hopoate and this man all have in common?

The desperate actions of a man who poked a finger into the bum of an attacking dog may have saved Phillip McLean’s leg.

McLean’s daytrip to Palmerston North turned into more than a week lying in a hospital bed after he was set upon by a pitbull neapolitan mastiff cross.

The Hunterville man was visiting a friend on Terrace Street, near Palmerston North Hospital, last Wednesday when he heard growling.

A pitbull neapolitan mastiff cross, allegedly let out from a nearby block of flats, had its paws up on McLean’s vehicle and was in the middle of a growling match with his dog, a rottweiler, who he had left in the car with the window partially down.  

McLean managed to get the two dogs separated, but thepitbull then latched onto his leg and refused to let go.

McLean said the pain was “unbearable” as the dog pulled off a big chunk of meat from his thigh, then went back in for his calf.

He tried to open the dog’s clamped mouth, tried shaking it and eye-gouging it, but the dog would not budge.

“At that stage, I dropped to the ground and it dragged me a couple metres down the road.”

Another man heard the commotion, grabbed the dog by the hind legs and tried to pull it off the injured man.

In a random act of desperation, he stuck his finger in the dog’s bum, prompting it to loosen its hold.

“Four or five people jumped on it and that’s when I got away.”

The good ole poo-finger; a political strategy employed by Michelle Boag and Martyn Bradbury and, of course, used in Rugby League by John Hopoate.


– Manawatu Standard

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.