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Dog Owner Whose Dog Attacked Nurse Asked To Pay Nurse $1000 Compensation by Idowu Olabode : July 16, 2019, 10:45:25 AM
New Zealand: The owner of a dog that attacked a nurse making a home visit has been ordered to pay the victim $1000.

'Smokey', a male Mastiff Labrador cross was put down last month after Pounamu Morunga-Cooper pleaded guilty to owning a dog that caused injury.

Morunga-Cooper, 20, was sentenced by Judge Bridget Mackintosh in Hastings District Court on Tuesday.

 The court heard the nurse called the patient on March 24, a relative of Morunga-Cooper's, from outside the property and was told it was safe to enter.

The nurse entered the front gate and went into a yard area, where she saw the dog behind a second gate up the driveway.

 It was barking and acting aggressively, so she avoided walking near the area and crossed the front lawn towards the front door.

When she was about halfway across the lawn, the dog jumped the gate and rushed at her. It bit her feet, causing her to fall forwards onto the ground.

She was nearly at the front steps of the house and had one hand on the step and one over her head protecting herself.

"The dog bit her through her uniform and latched onto her right buttock," the summary of facts stated.

The nurse screamed for help, prompting Morunga-Cooper and another woman to come out of the house. They yelled at the dog and the nurse was able to get away.

The nurse was taken to hospital. She suffered numerous injuries, including deep puncture wounds and scratches. She has been unable to drive and remains in pain.

"The attack has left her feeling traumatised and she has nightmares about the attack," the summary said.

Morunga-Cooper told the animal control officers that Smokey was a guard dog and had been doing its job. She said the nurse was the one who opened the gate, but did express remorse and accepted that the dog had jumped the gate.

Judge Mackintosh said Morunga-Cooper had failed to appreciate the seriousness of the attack. She noted that Morunga-Cooper chose not to take part in restorative justice, which would have been beneficial.

She ordered her to make an emotional harm payment of $1000 and medical costs of $311.


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