|George the Jack Russell Terrior Dies a Hero Saving Chidren|
|Richard Wood and Jayne Hulbert (email@example.com)|
Thu, 03 May 2007 14:36:36 -0500
Richard Woodd and Jayne Hulbert | May 2, 2007|
A feisty Jack Russell terrier has given his life to save five children
The tiny dog leapt to the defence of the children -- aged between four
The attack was the final straw for the South Taranaki District Council,
Richard Rosewarne, 11, the oldest of the children, said the pit bulls
"George tried to protect us by barking and rushing at them, but they
"We ran off crying and some people saw what was happening and rescued
But nine-year-old George was so badly ripped apart he had to be put down.
Vet Steven Hopkinson, of the South Taranaki Animal Health Services, said
George's owner Alan Gay, 69, says his dog died a hero.
"These two pit bulls rushed up and were going for the little boy. George
"These pit bulls should be banned. They're killers and it comes from
Mr. Gay lives alone and George had been his faithful companion for about
The dogs disappeared after the attack, but yesterday dog rangers removed
South Taranaki environment services manager Graham Young says they are
The dogs are in the pound and the council will be seeking the animals'
"Council will also be looking at a prosecution of the owners," Mr Young
In the past two months, four separate incidents have been reported in
However, Mr Young said it was unknown whether the two impounded pit
But the attacks have prompted the council to introduce desexing of
"When any of these dogs come to our notice through registration or for
The council will have a "zero tolerance" policy towards all
Mr. Young said council officers were doing a property to property search
No warnings would be given to owners of unregistered dogs, he said.
The council will make a leaflet drop to Manaia's 400 houses this
"They have checked out and eliminated any pit bulls registered in Manaia
"The dogs will be taken to the pound and owners will be able to retrieve
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