28 Apr 2016

Owner sentenced for Irish wolfhounds' attack

3:24 pm on 28 April 2016

The owner of three Irish wolfhounds that attacked a Dunedin woman has been ordered to pay $8000 in reparation.

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Irish wolfhounds (file) Photo: 123rf.com

Thomas O'Neill, who appeared in the Dunedin District Court today, must also complete 150 hours of community work.

His three dogs mauled a woman delivering the Otago Daily Times in December, and she required surgery after the attack.

The Dunedin City Council laid charges under the Dog Control Act, and animal services manager Ros MacGill said dog owners needed to be aware of the inherent risk associated with their animals - no matter what their breed, character or training.

She said the attack showed how important it was for owners to anticipate and respond to unexpected behaviour from their dogs.

The victim's name and identifying details have been suppressed.

The dogs were put down soon after the attack occurred.

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