New Zealand Dog News

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April 21, 2011

Dog maulings on the rise

The father of dog-attack victim Carolina Anderson has renewed calls to reduce the number of incidents in New Zealand.
Oh, so the microchipping didn't work? How surprising that the laws that were rushed into government hasn't worked!!

"under urgency" these laws were put through by Labour. And now National is passing even MORE  laws 'under urgency', so we now have a lot of BAD laws coming into this country. Will they be as ineffective and DANGEROUS as the dog laws?  (dangerous to the dogs too)

Figures from ACC reveal the number of claims for dog-related injuries is rising steadily and reached almost 10,000 last year.
We need a database of the severity of dog bites. Look at Dr Ian Dunbar's scale, as this is what we should be using in this country.

The claims cost about $4 million a year in follow-up care. ACC doesn't record the extra cost of acute medical care such as ambulance and immediate hospital bills that are specific to dog attacks.  That's too bad as it would give us a better understanding of the severity... if the person needed an ambulance, you'd know that it was bad!

John Anderson, whose daughter still has regular surgeries after being mauled in an Auckland park in 2003, said the figures were "shocking". "These statistics beg for more action from officials. I believe aggressive dog breeds should be muzzled while in public places," he said.

Why oh why does the media go and ask this guy for answers !!! I mean, he's the one that pushed through our bad, not-thought-through bad laws!   Muzzling dogs because they are supposed to be an aggressive breed ?!?! gee, come on... hello?!? where's the science that this would work???

Can we PLEASE have more laws that are evidence based as opposed to emotionally-based because they make bad laws!

Anderson said officials had to remember that some dog attacks happened on the streets and in public places, and had repercussions for years afterwards for the victims.
Carolina, now aged 15, "still has operations in front of her".

Actually John, most dog attacks happen in the HOME !! yes, in the home! from dogs that are known as 'family' dogs!

Her surgeon, Dr Janek Januszkiewicz, was also alarmed there had been no reduction in the number of bites.

He said injuries "cost a lot of money and suffering" and politicians should "limit" breeds which did the most damage.

"Maybe there's a role for compulsory training for dogs - like you have to have lessons to drive a car," he said.

How about a compulsory course on how to understand what a dog is telling us humans? How to read a dog's body language? How about introducing Doggone Safe Dog Bite Prevention Programme in this country! (well, it actually is... The School of the Naked Dog is starting to get this programme into schools)

Plastic surgeon Dr Glenn Bartlett said specialists at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland had dealt with four dog-attack victims in the last week.

Yes, and he probably dealt with none for the past 2 months. 

One was a 7-year-old West Auckland boy whose lower lip and chin were "almost ripped off".

Was this from a dog the child knew, or a stranger dog?

Another was a young girl with a badly bitten chest.

Was this from a dog the child knew, or a stranger dog? 
 
ACC head of injury prevention Peter Wood said the organisation didn't have enough money to highlight the dangers of every possible injury.

Well, Doggone Safe is a programme that is given by volunteers. Hum... 

Much of its budget for prevention was targeted at accidents in the home, where people were most likely to be injured.
 That's exactly where most dog bites happen!
There are about 600,000 claims for injuries in the home a year. Last year they cost ACC about $621m.

Vigilance to protect kids
Louie Hardy needed plastic surgery after his face was bitten by a dog - but the 4-year-old's parents blame themselves, not the animal.

Well, well, well... finally ownership from people who didn't know better !! 

Deb and Chris Hardy believe parents and dog owners have joint responsibility for keeping children safe around animals. YES

The Auckland couple took Louie and Lily, 6, to a barbecue on February 5 where Louie was bitten by the host's 2-year-old Neapolitan mastiff as she ate her evening meal.
 (...)
Louie was among almost 10,000 subjects of ACC claims for dog bites last year.
Deb said she felt guilty for allowing her son to get too close to the animal as she ate.
Now this is a start


She said the owner apologised and told her they had considered putting down the dog, giving her away or having her assessed. That decision was left to the owner, and Deb was yet to hear the dog's fate.

The owners are the one that didn't keep the DOG safe !! They should have known that such a big dog poses some threat to a child, esp while eating... 

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