21 Jul 2009

Youth worker commended for saving girl from savage dog

3:14 pm on 21 July 2009

A Nelson man has been commended for bravery after helping to save the life of a child who was being mauled by a dog.

Youth worker Alex Britton jumped on the staffordshire terrier-cross dog as it savaged a toddler, Aotea Coxon, in Christchurch two years ago.

She suffered a broken eye socket and broken jaw and required 290 stitches.

Christchurch man Peter MacIntosh has already been commended as the first to intervene, and on Tuesday Mr Britton received a commendation from the Royal Humane Society.

Mr Britton says one rogue dog doesn't mean the staffordshire-terrier cross dog breed should be banned.