Stray dog goes on biting spree in Zirakpur, attacks 8 people including kids
It first attacked five people and half a dozen stray dogs in Dashmesh Colony. It then ran to the nearby Badal Colony and attacked three people and a dozen stray dogs.Updated: Mar 16, 2019 23:04 IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
A stray dog went on a rampage, mauling a two-year-old boy besides biting seven people, including four children, at two colonies on Patiala Road in Zirakpur here on Saturday.
The dog, brown in colour, went berserk around 10am. It first attacked five people and half a dozen stray dogs in Dashmesh Colony. It then ran to the nearby Badal Colony and attacked three people and a dozen stray dogs.
It was finally lynched by the locals at Dashmesh Colony around 2:30 pm. It has not been confirmed whether the dog was rabid.
Jyotiraditya, a two-year-old boy, was with his mother Simran, 33, when the dog attacked them at Dashmesh Colony. It pulled away the child from the mother and started mauling his face. When Simran tried to rescue him, the dog bit her on the leg.
Later, the child was rushed to a private hospital in the vicinity, from where he was referred to a government clinic in Sector 19, Chandigarh. The badly mauled child received 18 stitches on his face. The condition of the child is stated to be stable.
The dog also attacked Yuvraj Singh, 3, who was standing outside an adjacent house. Yuvraj was bitten on his forehead and arms. Hearing the child’s screams, neighbours came to his rescue and chased away the dog.
Thereafter, the dog ran to the nearby Badal Colony and attacked four-year-old Kirandeep Kaur, who was playing outside her house. Her grandfather Jasbir Singh Bains rescued her by hitting the dog with a stick.
According to locals, the dog also bit four other persons, including a child, in the colony. The victims could not be identified.
After being chased away from the colony, the dog again attempted to attack people in Dashmesh Colony, where people killed it using lathis and bricks.
Locals live in fear
“Every day we have such incidents of stray dogs attacking people. We have approached the municipal officials a number of times, but to no avail,” said Kuldeep Singh, grandfather of Yuvraj Singh.
Surender Pal Sharma, 34, a resident of Dashmesh Colony, said, “The dog was roaming around in the colony for the past two days. Today it started attacking other dogs. It ripped apart a dog and then started attacking people too.”
Sharma said there is a lot of tension in the area as residents fear another attack from a stray dog.
“People are moving in groups with sticks in their hands. The dog that went on a biting spree was earlier seen with another dog, white in colour. We don’t know where it went. So we fear another such incident,” he said.
Girish Verma, executive officer, Zirakpur municipal council, said: “We keep removing stray dogs from the streets, but they keep returning as the area is open from all sides. We will be starting a sterilisation programme for stray dogs soon.”
Meanwhile, municipal staff removed the dog’s carcass from the area. Its sample will be sent for forensic test to ascertain whether it was rabid. The local police said they haven’t received any complaint.
First Published: Mar 16, 2019 23:02 IST