Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Woman 'scalped' by sister's pitbull attack

From MSN New Zealand

A Bay Of Plenty woman had her scalp torn off by an American pitbull dog set on her by her sister after an argument

Kawerau woman Liz Smith was left with puncture wounds and bruising all over her body from the 20-minute attack.
The 52-year-old was allegedly arguing with her sister Phillipa Bayley, 54, at about 2am Saturday morning after they spent the night discussing "issues" at her Welcome Bay home.
Her sister, who owns the pitbull, set her do on her.
Smith thinks a neighbour heard the noise and called for help.
She said the dog tore at her scalp, ears, nose and lips.
She was taken to Tauranga Hospital and had surgery before being discharged on Monday.
Bayley appeared in Tauranga District Court yesterday charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
She was remanded on bail without plea until June 3.
Community magistrate Robyn Paterson granted Bayley bail subject to conditions including a ban on consuming alcohol and non-prescribed drugs, and entering licensed premises, except supermarkets.
Bayley has also been banned from having control of any dog.

Update June 1, 2011 - The following article is by Lyle McMahon, The Sun:

Health fears for impounded puppy

The owner of the young pitbull puppy confiscated after it was allegedly involved in an assault is outraged ‘Mojo’s’ health is deteriorating while at the city’s pound.
The 15kg, four month old puppy, was owned by 54 year old Tauranga woman Phillipa Bayley.
It was taken from her when she allegedly assaulted her younger sister Liz Smith at her home in Welcome Bay on May 21.
Liz claims the dog was involved in the assault, causing injuries to her scalp, but Phillipa told SunLive the dog did not attack her sister.
The puppy is currently at the pound and could be destroyed pending the outcome of court proceedings.
Phillipa saw Mojo for the first time at the pound yesterday.
“I finally got around to seeing the puppy and he is going demented,” says Phillipa.
“He was chewing the bars, he was shaking, foaming at the mouth and he has a big ulcer on his front paw.”
Phillipa wants assistance in re-housing the puppy, fearing it will die before authorities decide its future.
“The puppy came to me from the neighbours and it was a very sick little pup, but I’ve nursed him and nursed him and he was just starting to bounce around and be really happy (before being confiscated).”
Phillipa is due back in Tauranga District Court tomorrow, facing charges in connection with the alleged assault of her sister.

Update June 3, 2011 - The following article is by Kiri Gillespie, Bay of Plenty Times:
Accused woman tries to avoid media outside court

The woman accused of setting her pitbull dog on to her sister, resulting in horrific injuries, hid her face as she left the Tauranga District Court yesterday.
Phillipa Bayley, 54, stood in the dock in front of a Community Magistrate to face a charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Her sister Liz Smith was left with tears to her scalp, ears, nose and lips after an attack at Bayley's Welcome Bay home. Ms Smith alleges her sister set the young dog upon her during a dispute.
As Bayley stood in the dock she faced away from the media, while her counsel David Weaver opposed an application from the Bay of Plenty Times to take Bayley's photograph in court.
Mr Weaver said counsel were not given enough notice of the application, which was submitted more than a week ago.
The application was declined.
Bayley was remanded on bail without plea.
She is expected to reappear in Tauranga District Court on July 18 for a judicial hearing.
The dog was seized and is now at Tauranga's pound, pending the court process.
As she left the court, Bayley shielded her face with a handbag.

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