A disabled Riverton woman has been injured and her dog killed after she was viciously attacked by three dogs this evening.
The 66-year-old wheelchair-bound woman, who did not wish to be named, was out with her dog on her motorised scooter when the attack happened just after 5pm on George St.
Her daughter Sheryl Willis, in Auckland, said her mother usually walks her papillon dog Buddy twice a day, and was nearly home today when three dogs jumped a fence and attacked Buddy.
They pulled on Buddy’s leash which she was holding, pulling her out of the scooter and onto the ground.
She sustained about seven puncture wounds and a sprained wrist, as she tried to pull the three dogs off Buddy.
Her dog was killed in the attack, which Ms Willis said will be “just devastating” for her.
She described her mother as a very strong woman.
“She’s got a chronic health condition and so she’s had to be a fighter.
“She’ll be devastated that Buddy is no longer there and she’s probably more devastated about that than the impact that this is going to have on her own health.”
Ms Willis said she understood it was not the first time the dogs had attacked somebody and she was angry the dogs’ owners would keep the animals as pets in light of that.
“They’re obviously roaming around the property, they’re able to jump a fence which obviously is not a barrier for them getting out to the public.
“It happens all too often in New Zealand and this time it’s happened to my mother, which really hurts.”
Ms Willis and her family are flying to Invercargill to be with her mother.
The attacking dogs’ breed could not be confirmed at this stage.
Police are investigating the incident and the three dogs have been impounded, until a decision is made over whether they will be destroyed.
Their female owner was taken to Kew Hospital in Invercargill with minor dog injuries.