dog attacks

Herald editorial only grasps half the solution

Owning a dog – any dog – is a colossal responsibility. Any owner who doubts that did not see the remorse of a young man in South Auckland this week after his 7-year-old nephew received more than 100 stitches and had a metal plate inserted into his fractured cheek and nose. Henare Carroll blamed himself, not his pit bull that attacked his nephew in his garage last Saturday when the boy jumped on a bed to play PlayStation. Then, on Tuesday, a pregnant young woman in Christchurch was attacked by a staffordshire-cross that ought to have been under the control of her house-mate. The woman was bitten on her legs, feet and forearm before a neighbour, hearing her screams, managed to distract the dog long enough for her to get inside her house.

This has been a bad week for dog attacks, but statistics suggest it is not unusual. Two studies by New Zealand medical professionals last year found dog-bite injuries average two a day. Nearly 100,000 bites were recorded nationally in the 10 years to 2014, of which 5800 required hospital treatment.

Over the past five years, 2500 charges were laid under the Dog Control Act, resulting in just over 350 destruction orders. The prosecution figure bears comparison with the injuries receiving hospital attention but the number of destruction orders seems too low.

Mandatory destruction is one step. ? But apart from losing the dog, the owner isn’t really held responsible. ? Read more »


Destroy the dog, charge the owner with the crime as if s/he performed the attack

The latest vicious dog attack in South Waikato has the dog control manager there asking the government to enforce the neutering of menacing dogs.

A 16-year-old boy suffered serious injuries when he was attacked by a three year old pitbull-boxer cross in Tokoroa on Wednesday.

The attack only stopped when the boy’s three friends managed to grab the dog and sit on it.

It comes after a spate of serious dog attacks in the last week, with the victims including a young boy, a pregnant woman and an elderly woman.

Kerry Beckett a South Waikato district council compliance manager said it was time for a tougher approach.

“That may mean that we make the South Waikato mandatory if you have a pitbull or any of the menacing breeds, then you must desex it.”

It’s a start. ? But a black market in entire pit bulls will simply take the place of the ones currently sold. ?An even the SPCA and the NZ Kennel Club say that de-sexing isn’t the solution. ? Read more »


The entitle-itis is strong in this one

The Dunedin victim of a “horrific” mauling by three Irish wolfhounds has had another blow after learning she will not be compensated for lost income.

The woman was attacked about 6.30am on December 2, leaving her with injuries over much of her body.

The most serious was to her right leg, where little remained of her calf muscle.

Before the attack, the woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, worked two part-time jobs to supplement her benefit income, but the injuries left her unable to work.

Thinking it would be a formality, she asked for compensation from ACC for lost income, but was shocked to learn they would not give her compensation on top of her benefit.

Instead, she was told by an ACC staff member it would take a dollar off her benefit for every dollar she received in compensation – which in her situation meant she would be no better off than if she received no compensation at all.

The entitlement is strong in that one! ?Plug her into the national grid and we’d all get lots of free energy. ? Read more »


Dog attack headlines from around the world.

Police: Baby dies after Poodle attack on Detroit’s west side

Boy, 7, attacked by Spaniel in town with Spaniel ban

Minneapolis?Papillion mix kills dog at park

Toddler Dies At Local Hospital After Australian Terrier Attack

Mom of Mauled Boy Says People More Concerned About the Dog

Labradors’ bad rap: how much is the media to blame?

UPDATE: No Charges Expected in Fatal Wis. Beagle Attack

911 Calls Recorded Vicious Chihuahua Attack


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The only way to stop dog attacks is to kill and ban all dogs

Dogs bite.

Some dogs.

And when politicians get in the way, they decided that mandatory chipping of dogs would solve that problem. ?Just like mandatory number plates reduces accidents.

But until now, we register dogs. ?This has just been a taxing mechanism to place the cost of bad dog owners with the part of the rate payer that also own dogs but are well behaved.

Don’t ask me, it makes no sense, but that’s reality for you.

Of course, we still would like to reduce the number of dog biting incidents, so what would be a good step?

Weeding out bad dogs? ?Or bad dog owners?

Simon Day reports

In the wake of a number of serious dog attacks, a majority of New Zealanders want dog owners, not just their dogs, to be compulsorily registered. Read more »