The alleged owners of four dogs that attacked a 7-year-old
girl in Murupara can finally be named.
Charlotte Boyt, 31, and Gareth Clive Boyt, 35, both of
Murupara, appeared in the Rotorua District Court this
They are charged with owning a dog which causes serious
injury, an offence under Section 58 of the Dog Control Act.
Japanese girl Sakurako Uehara was mauled by four
Staffordshire bull terrier-cross dogs on March 3. She remains
in a serious but stable condition in Middlemore Hospital.
The accused pair were supported by a large crowd in the
public gallery and held hands throughout this morning's
Following the attack, the dogs were put down.
Sakurako faces years of reconstructive surgery to repair
extensive wounds to most of her body.
She suffered more than 100 bites to her face, limbs and
almost every part of her body.
The pair were remanded at large without plea until May 7.
- Rotorua Daily Post