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Two women have suffered serious wounds in a mauling by two pitbull-type dogs in an Otaki Beach driveway this morning.
A 48-year-old neighbour of the dogs' owner was bitten on her arms, legs and neck in the attack in her driveway.
A 67-year-old woman who was passing came to the woman's aid and was also bitten, suffering a "significant tear" to the back of her thigh, a Kapiti District Council spokeswoman said.
Both women were taken to Palmerston North Hospital.
The dogs were seized and the council's animal control officers were looking at prosecuting the dogs' owner.
"This was a very nasty attack that shocked experienced animal control officers," said council community services group manager Tamsin Evans.
"It must have been a terrifying ordeal for the women involved and has left them with serious wounds that will take time to heal."
- Herald Online