Waikanae Dog Attack Horror

Waikanae woman Patricia ‘Trundie’ Jordan had been permanently scarred by a savage dog attack which took place while she was walking in Pekapeka Road.

And ten months later she is still waiting for a court outcome.

Last November, Trundie had left a walking group to return to her car back towards Highway One. As she walked alone past a property with the gate open , she suddenly felt the impact of the dog, which had planted its teeth at the top of her thigh. The dog had appeared very suddenly.

When the dog let go she walked more than a kilometre to her car, then drove to the Waikanae medical centre. She says the doctor told her she was lucky the dog let go or it would have severed her tendons. Because of the danger of infection the doctor would not use stitches and could only clean the wound.

‘Drove on adrenaline’ to Police

After the treatment Trundie said she “drove on adrenaline” to the Paraparaumu police. After she knocked loudly a policewoman took a statement to be forwarded to dog control at the Kapiti District Council.

After the attack, Trundie  had to have new surgical dressings every day. She says the prescribed antibiotics were so strong they upset her stomach for some time.

Every since the attack Trundie has trouble sitting.

The dog concerned is a Catahula-Leopard Boxer cross , the “Lousiana hog dog” which is classified as a dangerous dog in New Zealand. The website Dogtime.com says the breed is  alert watchdogs and weary of strangers. It was bred to catch wild pigs and cattle.
Council staff impounded the dog but it was returned to the owner with a written warning that the animal must be under control and confined to the property.

The council note says the dog will be destroyed if there  is a second attack.

Under the Dog Control Act 1996 the dog owner is also required to pay 187.62 as compensation. Trundie says the owner agreed to pay the money after discussion with a dog control office but nothing had come through.

This week Trundie was in the Small Claims Tribunal with no appearance by the dog’s owner. The woman will now face a court order to pay the money she verbally agreed to months ago.

Now Trundie waits for the next step in the legal process.

Ah Cinnamon
I have just unearthed a letter I sent to you dated May 2nd 2018 in which I expressed my concern you had not made the promised payments after 5 months.
The letter was sent tracked mail and had to be signed by you at delivery so I’m pretty sure you received it.
In that letter is all the information you needed INCLUDING my bank account number!
So that makes twice you have had my bank account details.

It is best that you continue this conversation through private channels and not in public through KIN.

Respectfully, Alan Tristram, Editor

Not true
The dog control officer gave you my bank account number in December last year.
Whose problem is it if it was mislaid? Then again given through a dog control officer after a follow up.
However here is my bank account number for the whole world to see.
03-1783-0354407-001
My apologies for not responding sooner but life has continued to be challenging for me.
I look forward to being reimbursed for my expenses as a result of the unfortunate incident with your dog.

This incident is over a year old , the “victim “ would not release enough details for me to pay at the time , I have contacted dog control many times to get her info and nothing … I did not turn up to court as it is a waste of time when I never disputed her claim .
After checking with KCDC I now know that the catahula breed is NOT listed as a dangerous or menacing breed , also no one at KCDC animal management had been asked to verify or comment for the purposes of this article .
My information as a “dangerous “ dog owner IS available if anyone had thought to properly investigate this incident I would have been more than happy to talk to the writer of this article.
And I am still more than happy to pay ALL the medical costs , however I am still without the necessary details to make any payments . I have called small claims and they had told me that they can not contact The complainant until the allotted time has lapsed and further further action from the complainant is actioned …. kind of frustrating really , as this could all have been resolved over a year ago if the “victim “ had just contacted me or given the appropriate details to animal control so I could have sorted this out far sooner ..
instead of having my character defamated publicly and rather inaccurately by kapiti independent news …
pretty terrible journalism really

Maybe if the dog owner had done what she agreed to do and also turned up to defend the case and tell their story then both sides would have been known but if the story is not told from both sides how is a person to judge? Sadly on the story that is told.

Interesting how you have only published one side of a very narrow story ..
Trust me it’s not as clear cut as it may seem , you never truly know a story until both sides have been told and then the truth usually lies somewhere in the middle .

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