Pet attack: 8-year-old boy gets 150 stitches, dog owner booked
Area residents claimed that the pet had attacked three people — two shopkeepers and a ragpicker — over the past year and the 8-year-old boy was the fourth victim.punjab Updated: Jun 11, 2017 12:00 IST
An 8-year-old with 150 stitches and a pet dog owner booked in case that could land him in six months in jail. This is the when your pet dog — a Pit Bull Terrier that is named Panther — goes out of control and attacks children.
A day after the ‘Panther’ attacked the child Shiv Kumar near his house in Nayagaon on Friday evening, life has stopped at his house as his family comes to terms with the trauma. The Class-4 student of Government Model School, Sector 10, Chandigarh, kept screaming for help for five minutes as the dog kept dragging and biting him on the body. The boy tried to save himself taking shelter under a four-wheeler, but the dog followed him.
Nearby shopkeepers attacked the Panther with sticks, to no avail. The attack ended only when the dog owner, Jaswinder Singh, 42, a local kabaddi player, reached the spot and controlled his pet. On Friday, he was booked under Section 289 (negligent conduct with respect to animals). If convicted, he could face jail of up to six months or fined up to Rs 1,000 or both. Shiv was left with deep wounds on his thighs and left side of the chest.
Family’s life stops, residents traumatised
“My son has not slept since last night. He kept shivering in fear. He has high fever,” said Subhash Chander, father who kept hugging the child to comfort him. The child is so traumatised that he cannot even speak. He now shivers even at a bark.
“The dog is threat to the residents around, so action should be taken against the owner. The dog should be taken by the government authorities concerned,” Kumar’s mother Reena Devi said. “It is frightening. My child could be next,” said Sarita, a vegetable seller in the area.
‘Same dog involved in earlier incidents’
Even as nobody was willing to come on record, area residents claimed that the Panther had attacked three people — two shopkeepers and a ragpicker — over the past year and Shiv was the fourth victim. No complaint was lodged.
“The dog owner Jaswinder Singh has been booked under Section 289 of the IPC,” said Alam Vijay Singh, DSP SAS Nagar.
Denying that his dog had previously attacked anybody, Jaswinder Singh, said, “I was not at home at the time of the incident. I am ready to bear the treatment expenditure of the boy.” He added that he wanted to dispose of the dog, but his children insisted that they wanted to keep the pet.
If found guilty, owner could be jailed for six months
The dog owner, a kabaddi player, has been booked under Section 289 (negligent conduct with respect to animals). If found guilty, he could face jail of up to six months or fined up to Rs 1,000 or both.
Where to go if this happens with you
In case of dog bite, treatment is available at civil dispensaries, in Sector 19 and Sector 38 from 8am to 2pm. One can also start treatment from Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16 and the civil hospitals in Sector 22, Manimajra and Sector 45. PGI and GMCH-32 also offer treatment. In Panchkula and SAS Nagar, civil hospitals start treatment.
Cost of treatment
The injections that contain the antidote are of two kinds. The animal serum costs about Rs 50, whereas the human serum is priced at Rs 20,000. The vaccination that costs Rs 150 at the dispensary, including injections of tetanus, anti-rabies vaccine and immune globulin serum, cost up to Rs 3,000 at private clinics.