18 Feb 2015

Dog owner faces prison after attack

1:08 pm on 18 February 2015

An Invercargill dog owner could be sent to prison because of a dog attack on two women last month.

The city council has decided to prosecute the owner.

Chief executive Richard King said the attack on the women - one of whom was bitten severely - was too serious to be dealt with by an infringement notice.

The owner will face three charges, the most serious of which carried a term of imprisonment.

In a separate incident, the owner of a dog that attacked a courier driver will be dealt with by way of an infringement notice and a $200 fine.

Mr King said the council was taking a hard line, and all dog owners would be visited by a council officer in the coming months.

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