Dog savaged by husky on Papamoa Beach

Charlie on the mend up in Auckland. Supplied photo.

A little dog has suffered broken bones and a punctured lung after being savaged by a Siberian husky on the beach at Papamoa.

Local resident James Davis says his mother and stepfather were returning from the beach with their lapdog Charlie on Saturday, when she was attacked by the husky at the Hartford Ave beach access.

James, who had gone home earlier, says he received a call that afternoon asking him to bring the car down, as Charlie had been attacked.

“We had to drive around to find an emergency vet, but it was after 5pm and no one was open,” he says.

“We managed to see a vet at Bayfair who said the surgery was too extensive and it was better to get treatment in Auckland.”

His mum and stepdad, who do live in Auckland and wanted to return home, drove there to find someone who could treat Charlie at such short notice. The little lapdog is currently recovering at a clinic in Albany.

“She probably won't be out until the end of this week. She had a punctured lung, six broken ribs and a lot of bruising, and is on a drip for painkillers and antibiotics. She also has a tube in her chest draining fluid. So it wasn't a little nip – she's lucky to be alive.”

It's not unusual for dogs to sometimes have a go at each other, but what makes this attack so shocking, says James, is the nonchalant attitude from the husky's owner.

“She was just screaming abuse, and that it was my mum and stepdad's fault for walking too close to her husky. She made no effort to get her dog off Charlie, and afterwards she just sat back down again on the beach.”

James rung the council on Saturday to lodge a complaint, and followed it up in writing yesterday. But as they don't have the woman's details, he thinks it is unlikely there will be any sort of outcome.

Although people are free to walk their dogs on the beach at Papamoa, Tauranga City Council's website suggests people have a lead with them and attach it if they are approaching another dog, animal or person.

“It's your responsibility to ensure you have control of your dog at all times.

“Owners of dogs that attack may be prosecuted, which can lead to a fine or even imprisonment for serious attacks. Dogs that attack may be euthanised.”


Poor little Charlie

Posted on 06-12-2017 06:54 | By kinakat

Huskies not a very commen breed,I know of one lady from Otumoetai she had three well mannered huskies.Word of mouth gets around and hopefully husky owner gets what she deserves law wise. She should also have to pay for vet bill caused through her negligence and arrogance. I hope the owners of Charlie are ok. It would of been a horrible experience for you both.

@ penguin

Posted on 05-12-2017 22:48 | By BennyBenson

That's exactly what I was thinking. I thought all Tauranga area Vets have after hours rosters between them. Huskies are amazing dogs, but lack of training, leadership and exercise and you've got real trouble. The owner probably thinks letting this dog loose on the beach is the only exercise it needs...huskies need running partners, like long distance running partners. All the best to little Charlie, poor wee soul.

Just after

Posted on 05-12-2017 20:47 | By Mooga

Everyone should have the right to take a dog to the beach however if your dog is not friendly be smart and go elsewhere. I say this because I arrived directly after this attack with my dog. A stranger warned me of the husky so I put mine on the lead. I noticed it straight away, tied up with another dog, snarling at mine while the owner was presumably in the water. I had the impression she was happy with the way the dogs behaved.


Posted on 05-12-2017 19:21 | By overit

Have just back from the Gold Coast. Every dog I saw out walking had a leash. Why not NZ.

if the stress of a badly injured furry baby

Posted on 05-12-2017 17:42 | By Angel74

wasnt enough stress, the family had yo drive to Auckland!! Charlie must be one tough pooch to not only survive a dog mauling but a long car journey aswell, what about the gate pa vet they work with the s.p.c.a im sure they would of helped out..........heres to full recovery Charlie, merry xmas to you and your family.


Posted on 05-12-2017 15:10 | By BlueberryBee

As a large dog owner I find the behavior of the Husky's owner despicable! What if the dog went for a child. She must have known the dog was prone to going for small pray. How easy is it to put a muzzle on the dog. clearly lazy dog ownership. Hope little Charlie feels better soon.

It's hard to believe...

Posted on 05-12-2017 13:15 | By penguin

...that there was no vet available. A quick check on Google search brings up a number of Tauranga vets and emergency contact numbers, duty vet (24/7). But it is sad for the little dog - huskies are a lovely breed so something must have triggered its attack mode.


Posted on 05-12-2017 12:49 | By longresident

Need to have law where the dos are leashed. Many times walking on the beach dogs have run up and jumped on me. You never know if they are going to be friendly or not. Then you see the dogs chasing the wildlife while the owners look on doing nothing


Posted on 05-12-2017 12:38 | By Capt_Kaveman

should have rung police and council immediately and if they had a phone why did they not take photos

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