Chiefs’ fullback fined after his dog attacks young girl

Chiefs’ player Glen Masiva Fisiʻiahi who owned a dog that attacked a young girl was ordered to pay $3850 fines and reparation.

His wife Leuina Tema was also charged but it was later dropped and she was discharged without conviction.

The court was told the pitbull called Son-Son, bit a young girl’s arm after she put it through Fisiiahi’s gate in March this year.

The couple weren’t at the Glen Innes property when the incident happened.

Glen Masiva Fisiʻiahi

However the court was told there was an earlier incident at the property after which Fisiiahi had been warned to find a way to stop the pitbull from sticking his nose through the fence.

In November 2014 the dog had put his muzzle through the fence and ripped the jacket of a child passing by.

Following the incident in which the child was uninjured and no legal action taken, the couple was told to put protective mesh across the property to prevent further incidents.

The pair’s defence lawyer John Munro said it was a “tragic incident” and “not typical” of usual Dog Control Act prosecutions.

Glen Fisiiahi was said to be “exceptionally remorseful” when he appeared for sentencing in the Auckland District Court on Friday.

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