13 Apr 2016

Pregnant woman in hospital after dog attack

10:07 am on 13 April 2016

A pregnant woman is in hospital after being attacked by a dog in Christchurch last night.

The woman, in her 20s, was bitten by a dog at her home on Glenrowan Avenue, in Avondale, at about 7.30pm.

She was with three other people and two Staffordshire cross dogs, police said.

A Christchurch City Council spokeswoman said it received a complaint that a pregnant woman in Avondale had been attacked by a dog or dogs.

The council has not received or obtained formal statements from either the victim or dog owner.

The spokeswoman described both dogs as Staffordshire/terrier/mastiff-type dogs and said it had no records of either dog, as neither was micro-chipped or registered.

The woman had dog bites to her arms and legs and was taken to hospital. Both dogs were seized and animal control is investigating.

Last week a seven-year-old boy was mauled by a dog in south Auckland, prompting calls for stronger dog regulations and for pit bull breeds to be banned.

The boy remains in hospital.

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