New dog laws to hit more breeds
By MARTIN KAY and MIKE WATSON - The Dominion Post | Tuesday, 24 April 2007

More dog owners face having to muzzle their pets and keep them fenced at home as the Government considers tighter laws to stop attacks.

Prime Minister Helen Clark has ordered a review after Virginia Ohlson, of Murupara in the Bay of Plenty, was mauled to death by dogs on Saturday.

Associate Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta and officials have been told to find ways to designate more dogs as dangerous or menacing, focusing on cross-breeds such as those thought to have been involved in Ms Ohlson's death.

Ms Ohlson's brother, Tipene, said the two dogs that killed her were owned by his nephew Spider, who was deeply upset by what had happened.

"He is taking it very hard and carrying it more than we are."

Miss Clark said the attack suggested law changes made in 2003 - after seven-year-old Carolina Anderson had her face ripped to the bone by a dog - had not covered all dangerous dogs.

Those changes included a ban on the importing of four breeds - American pit bull terriers, dogo Argentinos, Brazilian filas and Japanese tosas. Those already here must be muzzled on the street and kept behind fences at home.

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The Virginia Ohlsen story.