Child Youth and Family is working with the family of a four-year-old boy mauled by their pet dog.
Shepherd Mea was seriously injured by the pitbull-mastiff cross at his Otahuhu home last month and his father is due to appear in Manukau District Court over the incident.
The four-year-old was playing outside with the family’s new pitbull mastiff cross when it turned on him, grabbing him by the head and inflicting deep gashes and cuts.
“Musha bit my head,” he told ONE News. “I got heaps bleeding.”
His father, Orlando Shepherd, said he was cooking dinner and “heard this scream”. He wrestled the dog off his son who says: “Daddy saved me from Musha.”
But Orlando thought his son was gone because the little boy didn’t say anything.
ONE News was there when the dog was removed from the property and it was later destroyed.
Shepherd spent 10 days in Middlemore Hospital’s intensive care unit and was operated on three times. And Orlando says he’s hurting too.
“Pretty much a scar for me my whole life, you know it’s the only thing I love in my whole world, my son, I’d like to turn the clock back and fix everything.
“I shouldn’t have had the dog in the first place but I didn’t know it would turn out like that.”
Auckland council has investigated the case and Mr Shepherd has been charged under the dog owner’s act with causing serious injury but he says that’s the least of his worries.
Meanwhile Shepherd is a strong happy child and doctors say he will be able to make a full recovery.