Thursday, April 01, 2010

Pack of dogs mauls morning walker

Pack of dogs mauls morning walker

Seven ferocious canines attack an elderly lady in a garden in sarjapur, injuring her grievously

Senthalir S. Bangalore

Last Saturday turned out to be a nightmare for 57-year-old Veena Nayyar, when a pack of seven dogs attacked her at Suncity on Sarjapur Road. Veena was grievously injured and is undergoing treatment at Wockhardt Hospital.
"I had gone for a walk around 7 am on Saturday when about seven ferocious dogs suddenly attacked me. I was severely wounded and my dress was all stained with blood. I never thought I would be able to survive the attack. It's like a second birth for me," said Veena. "I'm very scared to leave home alone now," she said.
Shveta Nayyar Dham, Veena's daughter, said that her mother was not the only victim of the dogs. "My friend's two-and-a-half-year-old daughter was also attacked by some dogs recently. Fortunately, the dog only tore her frock and she escaped unhurt," said Shveta. She said her mother had come from Delhi to visit her.
"The dog menace has increased over the past few days. They are sterilised and again let off in the same street from where they are picked up. There are so many dogs, and people are scared to walk alone at night fearing attacks," Shveta said.
She said that her mother would have to be administered three shots of anti-rabies vaccine everyday until April 25. "The medical expenses have already touched Rs30,000," she said.
Ashok Dubey, a witness to the attack on Veena, said: "I usually exercise in the garden near Ibur lake everyday. On Saturday, we heard a sudden cry for help from the other end of the garden, and we were horrified to see the elderly woman being attacked by about seven dogs. We managed to shoo them away and rushed her to the hospital," he said.
Ashok said he had complained to the dog squad of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) last year, but he was told that the high court, after hearing petitions from NGOs, had ordered the civic body to just sterilise the dogs and return them to their areas.
"I suggest that NGOs earmark a separate area for stray dogs. This will ensure that the ordinary citizens don't have to bear the agony of such attacks," he said.
When contacted, Dr Parvez Ahmed Piran of BBMP said Suncity did not come under the Palike's jurisdiction.

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