Wellington, May 29 NZPA - A man who set his pit bull dogs on a teenage girl who he claimed owed him for cannabis has been jailed.
Peter Thompson, 46, unemployed, was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment yesterday for assaulting a female and owning a dog that attacked a person.
Thompson drove to the 16-year-old's address with his dogs and demanded $50 payment for cannabis he had sold to her, New Plymouth District Court was told.
He then shook her, slammed her into the bonnet of a car and threw her on to the concrete before releasing the dogs from his car and setting them loose on her.
Judge Allan Roberts ordered the destruction of the pit bulls and banned Thompson from owning dogs for 10 years.