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Owner of dog that bit baby still on the run

delhi Updated: Sep 22, 2012 01:03 IST
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Two days after an 11-month-old baby died after a Rottweiler bit her, the police are yet to arrest the dog's owner who was allegedly breeding dogs without a licence in a residential area in east Delhi.

Police said Rajat, a resident of Kondli village, is still missing. Police have, meanwhile, sent the swab of the saliva of the dog that bit the baby has been sent for DNA examination.

The dog was one of the three that Rajat was allegedly using for breeding, police said.

"The dog died on Thursday morning and the post-mortem examinations of both the child and the dog have been conducted. We are now waiting for the report of the DNA analysis of the dog," said an officer. The report said the child died due to dog bite.

The Rottweiler was reportedly taken away by the east Delhi Municipal Corporation's dog squad on Wednesday evening after it bit the baby. The custody of two others — a Rottweiler and a Labrador — has been handed over to animal welfare NGO Frendicos.

A Frendicos official, wishing to remain anonymous, said, "We have the custody of the other two canines and have written to the Animal Welfare Board of India to seek permission to sterilise them."

The family of the dead baby continues to hold the dog's owner responsible for the death, claiming that it was his lax response that led to the child's death.

"Had the owner acted swiftly, my daughter would have been alive. But the dog released the child only after three people tried to wrestle the child away from it. We took her to a private hospital where she was declared brought dead," said Chitra Gupta, the baby's mother.

On Tuesday evening, the baby was with a neighbour's child when the dog attacked.

"I was sitting in front of the house with my child when our neighbour's child Ravi asked me if he could play with her. He was carrying my daughter in his arms when the dog jumped at him and grabbed my child and bit her while its owner kept talking on the phone," Gupta said.