24 Dec 2010

Dogs drag man off balcony and maul him

12:00 pm on 24 December 2010

A Gisborne man is recovering in hospital after being attacked by two dogs at a Tolaga Bay property on Thursday.

The man was visiting a relative when the dogs - a mastiff cross and a labrador cross - dragged him off the balcony where he was sitting and mauled him.

The district council's chief animal control officer, Pat Collins, says the victim suffered cuts to his head and other wounds, and was flown to Gisborne Hospital by rescue helicopter with very serious injuries.

The two dogs were shot by police, who are considering whether to lay charges against the animal's owners.