The scene in Murupara where the girl was seriously attacked
by a dog.
Whakatane's mayor says some dog breeds should be banned
after a 7-year-old girl was mauled in a dog attack in Murupara
The girl had been playing in the yard of a property owned by
friends of the family when she was attacked by four
Staffordshire bull terrier cross dogs belonging to the
property owner yesterday afternoon.
She was airlifted to Rotorua Hospital before being
transferred to Middlemore Hospital, where she remains in a
critical condition this morning.
BayTrust rescue helicopter pilot Art Kowalski said the young
Japanese girl suffered extensive injuries to the majority of
her face as well as puncture wounds to both arms, legs and
Bay of Plenty police spokeswoman Kim Perks said all four dogs
had been destroyed by a vet.
Police have completed a scene examination and an
investigation would continue today.
Ms Perks said the dog owners were co-operating fully with the
Whakatane District Mayor Tony Bonne told Radio New Zealand
this morning that some dog breeds should be banned.
"I believe there's some dogs out there that have got that
have got that fighting technique streak in them and shouldn't
The Government had considered a ban in the past but had
decided against it, he said.
Mr Bonne said like most communities, his had problems with
unregistered dogs. But the dogs in yesterday's attack were
registered and microchipped.
"The owner obviously was a responsible dog owner and was
devastated. But there are breeds of dogs that are in New
Zealand which I personally don't agree with, but the
government of the day has allowed them.
"So as long as the dog owners are responsible with them - and
this attack happened on the property, so it was not on the
streets - really it's one of those very unfortunate
Mr Bonne said it was sad the girl's family had only just
moved to Murupara before the attack.
"When somebody's just moved to town, it will be absolutely
devastating for them, for the family."
Murupara community board chairman Jacob Te Kurapa told Radio
New Zealand the family had moved to Murupara six weeks ago
and were looking forward to a new life in New Zealand and the
- Additional reporting Rotorua Daily Post