A Tauranga man facing charges over the attack on a police dog in Gate Pa in July has denied the charge.
Ruapurukamu Ti-Rohia Brown appeared in Tauranga District Court today charged with owning the dog that allegedly attacked police dog Yoda.
Police allege the police dog Yoda was attacked by another dog in Gate Pa.
His lawyer Rebekah Webby argued that the accused’s dog Zion was attacked first by the police dog Yoda and Zion was defending himself in the alleged attack.
The incident happened on July 20 in Dunkirk Street, as Yoda and his handler, Senior Constable Kayne Cording, tracked an offender.
Police allege the cross-bred staffordshire bull terrier jumped the fence, crossed the road and attacked Yoda.
Brown has admitted to owning the dog Zion but has entered a not guilty plea in relation to the alleged attack.
Yoda suffered minor injuries in the attack and was back at work the same week.
Brown will be back in court for a defended hearing on November 20.