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Dog owner sentenced after attack on son

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/03/2017

An Auckland man has been sentenced to 300 hours of community service after his dog mauled his four-year-old son.

Orlando Shepherd was on Thursday sentenced to the community work, a year of supervision and ordered to pay costs over the attack that left his child with horrific injuries to his face and head, Auckland Council said.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to owning the pitbull-mastiff cross, which was euthanased after the attack at their Otahuhu home in 2014.

Auckland Council said it was reviewing the judge's ruling.

The council's manager of animal management Tracey Moore said the case demonstrated it wasn't just roaming dogs that were a danger.

"We urge dog owners to do the right thing. Our statistics clearly show that responsible owners who register and de-sex their dogs are much less likely to have dogs that are the cause of nuisance or dog attacks," she said.

"We particularly encourage owners of menacing dogs to get in touch with us to discuss how to handle their dogs."

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