Former Warriors player and wife guilty over dog attack

Son-Son, owned by Glen Fisiiahi, has been put down.
Son-Son, owned by Glen Fisiiahi, has been put down.

A FORMER Warriors player has pleaded guilty in court after a dog he owned attacked a child earlier this year.

GLEN Masiva Fisiiahi, 25, appeared in the Auckland District Court on Wednesday after an incident involving his pit bull, Son-Son, which took place in March.

Fisiiahi - whose on-field nickname is "the flying fish" - and his wife Leuina Tema both pleaded guilty to the Auckland Council-laid offence.

The offence carries a maximum penalty of $3000 plus medical costs and mandatory destruction of the animal.

According to court documents, the couple owned a "honey and white" male pit bull that attacked a child on Rowena Crescent, Glen Innes.

There is no named victim in court charge sheets and it is unclear how severe the child's injuries were.

Fisiiahi's sports manager for the Chiefs, Bruce Sharrock, told the Herald he couldn't comment as the matter was before the courts.

"All we can say is Glen and Leuina are very remorseful.

"It's an unfortunate incident, but we need to let the courts process play out before we can comment."

Sharrock said the incident happened at the family home in Auckland. Fisiiahi lives in Hamilton.

Several members of Fisiiahi's family posted photos of the dog online.

The pit bull was buried in the family's front yard with a plaque.

Fisiiahi and Tema will be sentenced in October.

- additional reporting: Vaimoana Tapaleao

- NZ Herald

Topics:  auckland warriors crime cruelty dog world

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