From 3 News
A man is in hospital and about to undergo surgery after a fight on Auckland's North Shore in which a dog joined in and bit off half the man's ear.
Police say they have charged a 23-year-old with offences including owning a dog that attacks a person.
They say the arrested man assaulted the boyfriend of a relative and during the incident the pitbull terrier attacked the man's head.
The animal has been seized by dog control officers.
Update July 22, 2010 10:59am - The following article is by Michelle Robinson, North Shore Times:
A man lost half his ear in an attack by a pitbull while he was inside a vehicle in Unsworth Heights on Tuesday.
Tony Scorgie, 23, has appeared in the North Shore District Court facing a charge of owning a dog that attacked a person, assault with intent to injure and assault on a female.
North Shore police say the charges follow an incident on Tuesday afternoon inside a vehicle parked outside a Meadowood Drive house.
Police allege Scorgie assaulted his relative's boyfriend and the dog joined in, biting off half of the victim's ear.
Scorgie was arrested shortly afterwards.
The victim, also in his 20s, is undergoing surgery in Auckland Hospital and is in a stable condition.
The dog, described as a pitbull terrier cross, has been seized by dog control officers and a court order is being sought for its destruction.