Northland man mauled to death was on phone to his partner during attack

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The household of a mauled 69-year-old antheral says helium was attacked by his friend’s dogs.

The spouse of the antheral believed to person been mauled to death by dogs heard the onslaught play retired portion speaking to him connected the phone, his household says.

Family members speaking to One News on Friday evening said 69-year-old Neville Thomson had been attacked by dogs helium was lodging for a person connected his Panguru spot successful the Hokianga.

His step-daughter Stella Matthews said her mother, Thomson’s partner, had been connected the telephone to him erstwhile the dogs attacked.

“Apparently helium had gone extracurricular and enactment the telephone down and my mum had heard scuffling and shouting and growling,” Matthews said.

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“Apparently she stayed connected the telephone for a bully 25, 30 minutes.”

Thomson’s girl Nataria Moore said her father’s decease and the quality of it had “shocked” the household and close-knit community.

“We’re surviving, just,” she said. “It’s a shock. When I recovered out, I felt similar the aerial had been taken from the room.”

Moore said her begetter had a "big heart" and had helped retired a person who needed determination to live.

Police impulse  radical   to telephone  111 if they spot    a stray canine  successful  the Far North municipality  of Panguru. (File photo)

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Police impulse radical to telephone 111 if they spot a stray canine successful the Far North municipality of Panguru. (File photo)

“He was really trying to get him retired [the friend] due to the fact that helium didn’t privation those dogs astir him.

“And helium tried to support his 2 dogs during each this by keeping them locked inside. They weren’t progressive astatine all.”

Locals said Thomson was “kind and generous”, a idiosyncratic who recovered comfortableness successful the institution of his canines.

Father Maliu ‘Otutaha, the reverend astatine St Peter’s Panguru, said radical successful the tiny colony were “very sad”.

“He was precise progressive successful the assemblage and a large enactment to people,” ‘Otutaha said of the retired builder.

“He built his ain whare and taught immoderate of the young ones however to build.”

‘Otutaha said the antheral lived unsocial and “his canine was his comfortableness successful a consciousness – his companion”.

“It was precise bittersweet for the assemblage to suffer him, due to the fact that helium was precise benignant and generous.”

Police are acceptable to wrapper the country introspection connected Friday evening aft the decease of Neville Thomson, who reportedly had 25 dogs connected his property, successful the tiny Far North municipality of Panguru.

A post-mortem introspection of the antheral is owed to beryllium carried retired connected Saturday, but constabulary volition stay astatine the country overnight, Far North Area Investigations Manager Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Dalzell said.

Puketawa Rd successful  Panguru is simply a rural, unsealed roadworthy  successful  the tiny  community. (File photo)

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Puketawa Rd successful Panguru is simply a rural, unsealed roadworthy successful the tiny community. (File photo)

Far North District Council said determination were astir 25 dogs connected the property, but immoderate were young puppies and nary were registered.

Tangiroa Karena, the chairperson of adjacent Waipuna Marae, said the incidental had rocked the assemblage successful northbound Hokianga.

“When thing similar that happens successful your small community, it truly impacts connected each of us.”

Waipuna Marae successful  Panguru present  displays a statue of Dame Whina Cooper, immortalised for her 1975 Land March.

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Waipuna Marae successful Panguru present displays a statue of Dame Whina Cooper, immortalised for her 1975 Land March.

Karena did not cognize the dormant antheral good but said helium looked aft his dogs and each his animals.

Police assessed the dogs arsenic a hazard to their information and – successful the process of trying to incorporate them – changeable and killed 1 of the dogs. Two others person since been enactment down.

Members of the nationalist were urged to debar immoderate stray dogs successful the country and to telephone 111 instantly if they are seen.

Police said they were incapable to supply a statement of the animals progressive successful the onslaught astatine this stage.

A country defender remained successful spot astatine the code connected Puketawa Rd, Panguru.

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