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Gisborne District Council is taking legal action against the owner of a dog who attacked an elderly woman while she was riding a mobility scooter.
A 77-year-old woman was left with deep cuts to her arm last week, after a Neapolitan Mastiff scaled a two metre high fence and pulled her from the scooter, before biting her.
Animal control manager Steve Greaves says charges will be laid against the 25-year-old owner because the two parties couldn't reach an agreement over the dog's fate.
Mr Greaves says the owner will face a fine and could be banned from owning a dog for five years, if she's convicted.