A woman attacked by a pit bull at Yatton Park on Saturday wants to thank the people she believes saved her dog's life.
Mary Trufitt was walking her dog, a miniature wire haired daschund name Indiana, when the pair of them were attacked, and bitten.
Bandaged and bruised, Mary Trufitt with Indiana recover after being attacked by a pitbull. Alongside are the bloodied clothes she was wearing at the time of the attack.
“This big American pit bull got me to the ground and sunk his teeth in my leg and hand and into my little dog,” says Mary.
Mary was taken to hospital by ambulance with bites to her hand and leg while Indie was taken away to a vet.
“We were ever so worried because it happened over the weekend and we couldn't get any news about him,” says Mary.
“Anyway, we got him back Sunday lunchtime and he was stitched up, but he's going to be alright. He's a gutsy little chap.
“What I really wanted to says was thank you to everybody who came to my rescue.”
The pit bull first went for a poodle being walked by a lady named Diane, says Mary.
“She fended it off with her ball thrower, and it came over and attacked us,” says Mary.
“So she turned and saw it happening, and she came and started thumping this dog for all she was worth with her ball stick.
“I think eventually, I don't know I was a bit out of it – eventually they managed to get it off with the girls pulling it and I think a man helping as well. Another guy came over and told my husband because we are right opposite the park.
“The ambulance came and the police came, and strangely enough there was a man there, I was almost out of it, but I could hear this going on – a man there said he had reported this pit bull twice and nobody had done anything about it.
“We live in Yatton Street and apparently the dog comes from Roy's Road which is a road off Yatton Street. Apparently the police went round there and they have done a runner.
“The dog people were going to keep an eye on the place. They know where it is.”
Mary says she's got a big gouge like a tooth mark in her leg and she won't know how bad it is until the doctor has another look at it this afternoon.
Tauranga City Council dog control officers and Greerton police were not able to be contacted this morning.
Tauranga City Council monitoring offer John Payne says while the council normally prosecutes dog control incidents, the police take over where there has been a serious assault.