Dog Attack in Park

Young riders in QE Park
Young riders in QE Park

Savage dog bites horses and rider in QE Park

By Alan Tristram

An out-of-control dog has savagely attacked two horses and their riders — a 15-year-old girl and her sister  — in Queen Elizabeth Park near Paekakariki.

The dog, described by Kapiti Coast District Council staff as a ‘mastiff/pitbull-type cross,’ attacked the two horses and their women riders in the park on Saturday.

Both riders were thrown and the 15-year-old was badly bruised.  The older girl was dragged and kicked, and suffered multiple bruises and abrasions. She was later treated at the Accident and Emergency unit. Both horses received multiple injuries.

The KCDC Animal Control Services, Police, a Park Ranger and an ambulance were all called to the area after reports of the attack and the Council says the incident is now under investigation.

The KCDC says: Queen Elizabeth Park is an off-leash area, but dogs still need to be controlled.

Environmental Services Manager Nick Fowler says:  This must have been a terrible ordeal for the riders and their horses — and it’s another example of why we need to be vigilant about uncontrolled or aggressive dogs.

“People and their animals should be able to enjoy the District’s parks and tracks without fear of something like this happening. Such an event can knock public confidence.

But he says the dog’s owners were fully cooperative and signed the dog over to Council.

Mr Fowler also says Kāpiti has one of the highest rates of dog registrations in the country, re-homes more dogs than most Councils.

And, he adds, the Animal Control team works hard to make sure dog owners are compliant and responsible.

The team is highly responsive to reports of wandering, aggressive or unregistered dogs in an effort to keep the public safe and appreciates the help of people in reporting any such instances.