Dog owner prosecuted over attack

A dog owner is being prosecuted following an attack on a Bannockburn man this month.

The victim received puncture wounds to his buttocks after being attacked by a Staffordshire bull terrier-cross and two mastiff-cross dogs in the town on November 8. He received minor injuries and visited a medical centre for treatment.

Police and the Central Otago District Council have been investigating.

Sergeant Bruce Terry said a Central Otago woman was facing two charges in connection with the incident. She has been charged with owning a dog which attacked a person and failing to comply with the dog's classification as ''menacing''.

The woman will appear in the Alexandra District Court on December 6.

Council environment and planning manager Louise van der Voort said the dogs involved in the incident remained impounded.

The council had only made one prosecution of this type in the past 10 years, Ms van der Voort said.

''When a dog attacks stock, domestic animals or people, there are a range of actions council can take, including the issue of infringement notices, classification of the dog as either menacing or dangerous, or prosecuting the owner,'' she said.

''We look at the circumstances that surround the attack, the severity of the attack and the actions/responsibility taken by the dog owner.''

After the incident, police asked for information about dogs roaming in the Bannockburn area and had two reports.

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