Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Dog destroyed following attack on toddler

From ONE News

A pitbull-staffordshire cross dog was destroyed this morning, following an attack on an 18-month-old Porirua toddler at her home last Saturday.

The girl has since been discharged from Hutt Hospital after undergoing extensive facial reconstruction surgery at the weekend.

Police said today that the girl's family gave permission for their dog to be destroyed.

No charges will be laid in relation to the incident and no further police action will be taken, said Detective Inspector Ross Grantham, Acting Kapiti Mana Area Commander.

The girl was playing in the backyard of her home on Dorset Grove when the dog launched at her while it was on a five-metre chain.

Council officers seized the animal.

On Sunday, a nine-year-old Rotorua girl became the third youngster to be attacked by a dog in a matter of days, sparking an assurance from the Government that it will investigate laws on dangerous dogs.

The child suffered minor injuries to her face and arm after being bitten by a neighbour's American Bulldog.

Local Government Minister Nick Smith said he was concerned about the recent spate of serious attacks and promised to kick-start an inquiry into laws governing dangerous dogs.

The investigation was originally scheduled to take place last year.

Last week a three-year-old boy was bitten in the throat by a family Doberman-Staffordshire-Pitbull cross in Ashburton.

The boy was in a stable but critical condition in the intensive care unit of Auckland's Starship Hospital at the weekend.

The dog was destroyed the same day at the owner's request.

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