The owners of four dogs which attacked a 7-year-old Japanese
girl in Murupara are seeking diversion.
Charlotte Boyt, 31, and Gareth Clive Boyt, 35, appeared in
the Rotorua District Court before a registrar this morning.
They face a joint charge under Section 58 of the Dog Control
Act with owning four dogs that caused serious injury.
They were granted further remand for diversion to be
considered by police and will reappear in court on July 9.
Under the Adult Diversion Scheme, if an offender completes
agreed conditions the prosecutor can seek to have the charge
withdrawn and a conviction will not be recorded.
Sakurako Uehara was mauled by the Staffordshire bull
terrier-cross dogs in March. After the attack the dogs were
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