7 May 2014

Dog owners back in court

11:26 am on 7 May 2014

A couple who owned four dogs that mauled a seven-year-old girl in Murupara near Rotorua in March have again appeared in court.

Gareth Boyt, 35, and wife Charlotte Boyt, 31, are jointly charged with owning dogs that caused serious injury.

Sakurako Uehara.

Sakurako Uehara. Photo: Supplied

Sakurako Uehara, from Japan, survived the attack but received critical injuries mainly to her face and limbs. She will require surgery for many years.

Mr and Mrs Boyt appeared before the Registrar in the Rotorua District Court on Wednesday morning.

The case has been adjourned until 21 May. They are yet to make a plea.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier crosses were put down after the attack.