Man fined over dog attack

A Tauranga man whose American pitbull terrier mastif-cross attacked a male relative who required hospital treatment for deep puncture wounds to his right leg has been fined $500.

Thomas Tareha Taite, 47, pleaded guilty to a charge of being the owner of a dog which attacked a person and caused serious injury when he appeared in Tauranga District Court today.

The charge relates to an attack on a 64-year-old man visiting Taite's Kairua Rd, property on February 19 this year.

Judge Barney Thomas ordered the dog to be destroyed and all of the $500 fine to be paid to the victim as an emotional harm payment.

- By Sandra Conchie of the Bay of Plenty Times

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