A stray dog went on a biting spree for several hours in Sector 15 of the city early Saturday morning, leaving at least eight persons, including an 87-year-old man, injured, before it was caught by a civic body team in the afternoon.
Local residents said the municipal corporation (MC) officials acted late.
First, the dog attacked a rickshaw puller, Virender Gupta (45), as early as 5am when he was sleeping in the corridor of the Sector-15-D market.
In a bid to save himself, Gupta pushed and punched the dog after it grabbed his foot, but the canine did not budge. Then the dog attacked another rickshaw puller, Ram Ashish, who was sleeping nearby, on the head.At about 6.30am, the dog bit Sukhdev Kumar in Sector 15-A on his on his right leg when he was standing in the market opposite his house. Sukhdev also tried to push the dog but was injured.
Then after a gap of four hours at about 10.30am, the dog bit an 87-year-old man outside his house in Sector 15-D. The victim, VM Chopra, a retired Himachal Pradesh government officer, was bitten on the foot. The canine’s teeth even left a hole in his slippers.
The next target of the dog was 40-year-old Mohammad Irshad, who works as a motor mechanic in the Sector-15 market . Irshad was bitten on the leg at 11am. The other three victims were Chattar Singh, a retired employee from Panjab University; Manoj Kumar, who runs a chemist shop and Kanhaiya, a toilet cleaner. They were injured on their legs.
Some of the victims were rushed to the Government Multi-specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, for treatment, while others went to private clinics.
MC joint commissioner Manoj Khatri said local residents saw the dog for the first time. “It probably came from somewhere else and has been kept under observation at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), Sector 38. The dog does not appear to be rabid as of now.”
An officials said there were unconfirmed reports of three more people being bitten by the same dog.