Opotiki woman critical after dog attack

An Opotiki woman is battling critical injuries in Tauranga Hospital following a vicious dog attack in Te Kaha on Friday.

The three dogs that attacked are believed to belong to her brother, and left her with cuts to her head, neck, abdomen and legs.

The 60 year old woman was taken to the Te Kaha Medical Centre, then airlifted by the Tauranga Trustpower Rescue Helicopter to Tauranga Hospital, where she is in a critical but stable condition in the intensive care unit.

Opotiki Mayor John Forbes says the attack appears to have been brutal.

He says his understanding is that the woman shared a house with the dogs.

Mr Forbes says the dogs - a two-year-old Rottweiler cross; a two to three-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier cross; and a nine-year-old bulldog cross - have been seized by the council and are being kept at the Pound.

A police spokesperson confirmed they received a report of a dog attack in Te Kaha at 12.37pm on Friday.

Michelle Keighley