Saturday, August 23, 2014   

Immigrant child mauled by New Zealand dog pack
(03-04 09:47)

A seven-year-old Japanese girl was critically injured in New Zealand when a pack of four large dogs mauled her in an attack on a rural property, officials said.
The girl was playing in a yard at Murupara in the North Island on Monday afternoon when four “mastiff-type'' dogs belonging to the property's owner attacked her, police said.
She was airlifted to hospital suffering “extensive injuries to the majority of her face'' and puncture wounds to her arms, legs and hips, the BayTrust Rescue Helicopter said.
Police said the dogs were put down and they were considering laying charges.
Murupara Community Board chairman Jacob Te Kurapa said the girl and her parents had only recently settled in the area from Japan.
“The family have only been here for six weeks in Murupara,'' he told Radio New Zealand. “They were looking forward, and I'm sure they still will, to a new life here in New Zealand.''—AFP
   
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