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    Tougher rules fail to stop dog attacks
    By ESTHER HARWARD - Sunday Star Times | Sunday, 29 April 2007

    Stricter dog laws have done little to prevent some of the most savage dog attacks in the past year.

    Last weekend's fatal mauling of Murupara woman Virginia Ohlson by two bull mastiff cross dogs has prompted calls for tighter laws to stop attacks.

    Now officials have been told to look at whether more breeds should be considered menacing or dangerous, requiring them to be muzzled in public.

    But a Sunday Star-Times analysis of five severe attacks in the past year that left victims in hospital shows recent law changes had no impact in those cases.

    Rules were tightened in 2003 after Auckland seven-year-old Carolina Anderson was savaged by an American Staffordshire terrier which tore her face open and left her with damaged sight in one eye.

    Since July last year, all dogs except working farm dogs have to be microchipped when registered, impounded or if dangerous or menacing.

    A dog is deemed menacing or dangerous if councils believe it is a threat to people or animals. Breeds including the American pit bull terrier, dogo Argentino, Brazilian fila and Japanese tosa automatically qualify and have to be muzzled in public and fenced at home. Importing them is banned.

    But 75-year-old wheelchair-bound Waikato woman Dawn Brocket, mauled by a doberman in October, says extending muzzling rules will be ineffective if owners still let dogs escape from properties.

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    Just some of the more recent incidents.
    85-year old pensioner attacked. .
    8-year old boy savaged .
    Woman dead .
    Children attacked
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    Dobermann mauls house-sitter
    5:00AM Tuesday May 01, 2007

    A woman has been attacked by a dobermann while house-sitting at Coopers Beach in the Far North.

    Mangonui police said the woman was attacked by the dog on its owners' property in Berghan Rd - where she was house-sitting - when she went to tend it at the weekend.

    The woman, understood to be in her fifties, needed treatment from a doctor and police referred the incident to the Far North District Council's dog control officer.

    Council spokeswoman Alison Lees said yesterday that the property owners, who are overseas, had arranged for a separate woman minder to look after their dog during their absence.

    When the dog minder wanted last weekend off, the house-sitter took over her duties but was attacked by the dobermann when she went to feed it in its caged enclosure.

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    Roaming pitbull savages women outside hospital
    5:00AM Wednesday May 02, 2007
    By Beck Vass

    A pitbull-cross dog attacked two women at the entrance to a hospital's children's department after it managed to break loose from its owner's home.

    Middlemore Hospital in South Auckland is now urging the local community and council to address the stray dog problem, saying it treats dog bites nearly every day.

    The attacks - the first of which was at 7.05pm on Monday, the second 20 minutes later - follow the death of Murupara woman Virginia Ohlson, 56, who was savaged by a pitbull and a staffordshire-cross on April 22.

    One of the Middlemore victims is understood to be a nurse although the hospital could not confirm this.

    A witness, who did not want to be named, said the dog bit a middle-aged Indian woman as she walking away from the Kidz First children's hospital.

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