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How pet dogs fought off leopards, saved two women at Mumbai’s Aarey Milk Colony

The dogs kept the leopards at bay for 15 minutes and finally scared them away

mumbai Updated: Oct 02, 2017 10:00 IST
Manish K Pathak
Manish K Pathak
Hindusatn Times
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Two leopards attacked Bayaji Bhimrao Bendre, 50, in the dark.(HT File)

The two women who were attacked by two leopards on Saturday night were saved by pet dogs, said police.

The dogs kept the leopards at bay for 15 minutes and finally scared them away, saving the women. Both, however, suffered minor injuries.

According to the police, Bayaji Bhimrao Bendre, 50, a resident of unit 17, Aarey Colony, went to relieve herself 30m from her house.

Her family was at a Navratri immersion procession at the time. Only her two pet dogs were home.

“It was dark and two leopards attacked her. On hearing her screams, the dogs ran out and fought the big cats. The woman fled but sustained injuries to her left leg and right hand,” said Bendre’s nephew Sunil Jaguwaghata, 35.

The leopards also attacked Asha Gavit, 55, who arrived at the spot to help Bendre. Gavit suffered injuries to her leg. “The dogs prevented the leopards from entering the settlement,” said Jaguwaghata.

A police team visited the spot and recorded the women’s statements. “We informed the forest department of the incident. They will set up cages to nab the leopards,” said senior inspector Vijayalaxmi Hiremath of Aarey colony.

A month ago, the forest department had set up cages at five places nabbed a leopard that attacked five, said a police officer.

First Published: Oct 02, 2017 09:57 IST

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