Convictions after mauling

Invercargill High and District Court. Photo: Luisa Girao
Invercargill High and District Court. Photo: Luisa Girao
A man has been convicted after his two dogs mauled a 16-year-old girl last year.

Tiaki Maikara Waihaki pleaded guilty yesterday at Invercargill District Court to five charges related to the attack, which left the girl with serious injuries on her head and arms.

Two of the charges were for failing to control his dogs, another two for a dog attack causing serious injury, and a single one for failing to muzzle a dangerous dog.

On November 27 last year, the dogs jumped off the back of a ute and attacked the teenager, who was walking in Morton St.

The victim had to be taken to the hospital. She had several bites and a gaping arm wound.

Invercargill City Council lawyer Michael Morris said the attack had a psychological impact on the victim, and she has flashbacks.

"She panics when she see dogs and she doesn't feel safe to walk alone."

Waihaki had been due to make his plea in court since February, and had two warrants ordered in the meantime.

Defence council John Fraser said Waihaki was upset about the attack and offered to pay $1500 to the victim as reparation.

Judge Bernadette Farnan asked if Waihaki would be opposed to a dog destruction order.

Mr Fraser said he would not, but could not destroy them himself as he was still in a "state of shock".

Waihaki was remanded on bail until May 21, when he will be sentenced.

The council's animal control unit has seized the dogs. They are now in its animal care facility.

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