Woman Jogger Mauled By 8 Hunting Dogs

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A New Zealand woman jogger suffered serious injuries from multiple bite wounds after eight pig hunting dogs attacked her as she jogged past a rural property on North Island, police said Tuesday.

The woman suffered scores of bites to her scalp, arms and legs before the dogs ran off. Rescue services flew the woman to Waikato Hospital by helicopter where she had nine hours of surgery overnight Monday, emergency specialist Dr. John Bonning said.

"There were serious injuries pretty much all over her body," said Sergeant Jason Shailer of Te Awamutu police in central North Island.

The woman, Margit Christensen, 36, told him she curled into fetal position to protect herself during the 15-minute attack - a move that saved her life, he told National Radio.

"She was the most seriously injured person that been injured by dog bites I have ever seen. She had injuries all over her body - to her arms, her neck, her back, her legs and it sounds like an absolutely horrific attack," he said.

"Blood loss is certainly a way you can die from injuries such as these," he added.

Christensen was in a stable condition after extensive surgery, but Dr. Bonning said she faces many skin graft operations.

The woman's mauling follows a similar attack on a teenage cyclist a year ago by four pig hunting dogs that bit the 13-year-old more than one hundred times. He was saved when a passing woman motorist pulled him into the safety of her car.

A woman and a man died in separate dogs attacks in recent years and several children have been badly mauled. New Zealand dog control laws have been stiffened to require the destruction of animals involved.

Sgt. Shailer said the dogs in the latest attack had been seized and destroyed after their owner signed a destruction order.

A decision on whether the owner would be charged over the attack by his unrestrained pig hunting dogs would be made later Tuesday, Shailer said.

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