Dog allegedly set on bar manager

A Greymouth bar manager had to be taken to hospital after a patron allegedly set his dog on the man.

The manager suffered bites to his head, face and arms during the incident at the Railway Hotel on Mawhera Quay on Friday night.

Police later arrested and charged a 25-year-old man for the assault. The Greymouth Star understands he is a recent arrival to the West Coast, living in Runanga.

Senior Sergeant Brent Cook, of Greymouth, said the man, accompanied by his dog, was drinking in the bar about 9.30pm.

"When he was asked by the bar manager to take his dog outside, the man assaulted the manager and set his dog on him, resulting in the manager sustaining numerous bites to the head, face and arms," Snr Sgt Cook said.

Members of the public who tried to intervene were also assaulted by the man, and he set his dog on them too, it is alleged.

The bar manager was taken to Grey Base Hospital with serious bite wounds and was now recovering from his injuries.

The dog owner appeared in the Greymouth District Court on Saturday morning on several counts of serious assault and was remanded in custody.

The dog, a staffordshire bull terrier, is in the custody of the Grey District Council animal control unit.

Animal control officer Murray Malloch said they are waiting for advice as to how police intended to proceed, including possible destruction.

The dog had not previously come to the attention of the council.

"The partner of the man is co-operating with the dog's care," Mr Malloch said.

- By Brendon McMahon


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