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By Robyn Bristow

Three dogs have been destroyed after a dog attack on Swamp Road, Loburn, North Canterbury on Tuesday night.

A women, who was out running, and her dog were left badly injured after being bitten in the attack.

The Waimakariri District Council manager regulation Nick Harrison says the council is taking the incident extremely seriously.

It is investigating and will be considering whether to prosecute or issue infringement notices under the Dog Control Bylaw once the investigation is complete.

Initially two young dogs were involved in attacking the women’s dog, but shortly after another three dogs joined in, says Mr Harrison.

The women was badly bitten trying to protect her dog.

Mr Harrison says the owner of the attacking dogs immediately got out of his vehicle to try to stop the attack and he was also badly bitten while trying to shield the victim’s dog with his body.

He understands both dog owners were taken to hospital and received surgery for their injuries, while the women’s dog required extensive veterinary care.

“The council was notified that same evening through our after-hours service by both the victim and an ambulance driver who responded to the incident.

“We were saddened and deeply disappointed to hear about the attack. We’d like to express our sympathies to the victim and wish both her and her dog a speedy recovery.

“We also acknowledge the other dog owner’s actions in trying to stop the attack and remove his dogs from the situation,”says Mr Harrison.

“Both parties have been identified and are helping our Animal Control team with the investigation.”

While three dogs involved have been voluntarily destroyed by the owner, the council is continuing to investigate the circumstances of the other two dogs involved.

Mr Harrison says the Waimakariri district has plenty of great public areas for dog walking and does not want this sort of incident repeated.

“Our advice to dog owners is to have effective control over their animals at all times. If a dog can’t be reliably and effectively controlled by their owners voice, they should remain leashed.

“If a dog has been classified as dangerous or menacing, they should also be muzzled. In this case, none of the dogs involved were classified as dangerous or menacing.” he says.

The Council is reviewing the Dog Control Bylaw 2004. One objective of the bylaw is to minimise any danger, distress or nuisance from dogs to the community. Mr Harrison says the council is keen to get feedback from residents on the bylaw and the rules around dangerous or menacing dogs.

Submissions are open until 5pm, Friday, July 26, at waimakariri.govt.nz/letstalk