7 Jun 2013

Call for swifter court action to deal with dangerous dogs

6:04 am on 7 June 2013

A dog control officer is calling for the courts to deal with dangerous dogs much more quickly, after a bull mastiff that attacked a pensioner was stolen from the Greymouth pound.

Murray Malloch says on Tuesday he was deliberately distracted by a visitor and the dog, Nui, was taken through a hole cut in the fence. The animal had been in the pound since 1 May.

Mr Malloch says some dogs are staying in the pound for several months before a decision to euthanise is made by the court system.

He says the bull mastiff should have been dealt with by the courts inside a one-month time frame and believes if it is not captured soon it will injure someone else.