A seven-year old Japanese girl in New Zealand is in critical condition after a pack of four large dogs attacked her. The girl was playing on the property of the dogs’ owners located at Murupara, on the North Island, when the dogs, large Staffordshire bull terrier crosses, mauled her.
She suffered “extensive injuries to the majority of her face,” along with wounds on her arms, legs and hips, and had to be airlifted to the nearest hospital by a rescue Helicopter. She immediately underwent surgery for the injuries, but is still in very serious condition, according to the doctors. Meanwhile, police have already had the dogs put to sleep to prevent further incidents from happening, and say they are thinking of pressing charges.
Paula Bennett, minister for the local government, said that authorities are already discussing strengthening dog control laws in the city. “I’m keen to have another look. I mean anything we can do to stop horrific attacks like this, but it’s an incredibly complex area. It’s not as simple as banning a breed.” Murupara Community Board Chairman Jacob Te Kurapa said the girl and her family have just recently moved to the town from Japan only six weeks earlier. “They were looking forward, and I’m sure they still will, to a new life here in New Zealand,” he said. Meanwhile, Bennett described the attack as terrifying. ‘It’s horrific for that wee girl and her family and for the whole community,” said Bennett.
[via News 24]