A toddler bitten on the face in a dog attack near Tauranga
this morning will require surgery for his injuries, police
The 3-year-old boy was at a Matapihi property in Waikari Road
at 8.40am when he suffered injuries to his face from a pit
St John ambulance staff took the victim to Tauranga Hospital,
where a hospital spokesman said the boy was now
Senior Sergeant Shannon Clifford said the boy was at the
house visiting relatives and playing in the yard near the dog
when the attack happened.
"The dog has bitten the boy on the face and as a result the
boy has been taken to Tauranga Hospital for treatment. The
boy will require surgery for his injuries.
"At the time of the incident the pit bull dog was secure on a
chain within the yard. The pit bull dog has been seized by
animal control who are working in conjunction with police and
the family over the incident."
St John team leader Ross Clarke said the child was not
considered to be seriously hurt but required treatment for
lacerations to his face.
Police northern communications Inspector Andy Brill said
police received a call from ambulance staff for assistance at
the scene and officers had responded.
Occupants of the Waikari Rd property where the attack
happened declined to comment.
Animal control officers were still investigating the