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
- By Sandra Conchie of the Bay of Plenty Times