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       11 injured as stray dog goes on biting spree
         Posted on :09:20:03 Feb 8, 2018
       Last edited on:09:20:03 Feb 8, 2018
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KOCHI: A four-year-old girl was among 11 persons who sustained injuries after a stray dog went on a biting spree in Chambakkara division of Kochi Corporation on Wednesday morning.

Sithara, a LKG student, was the first victim as she was bitten by the dog while studying in her house on Ayyankali Road near Gandhi Square in Poonithura around 7.30 am.

Residents on Ayyankali Road and Jawahar Road were among the victims to get bitten. There were unconfirmed reports that the dog had also bitten other dogs in the area.

10 victims had received treatment at the General Hospital.

“All of them had suffered deep wounds which are medically classified as category three wounds. They were administered anti-rabies vaccine and wounds were stitched up. None of them had to be admitted,” hospital sources said.

Speaking at the end of a council meeting held on Wednesday, Mayor Soumini Jain said financial assistance would be given to the injured out of the Mayor’s relief fund.

Division councillor V P Chandran who visited the injured at the hospital said that at least three had suffered serious injuries. Sithara and a casual worker Mahesh had deep wounds on their legs while Kausalya, a 75-year-old farm worker, had wounds on her chest.

He said that the existing single unit of Animal Birth Control (ABC) programme being run by the Corporation for sterilisation of stray dogs across all 74 divisions was proving to be inadequate.

“More units need to be set up in view of the growing incidents of dog bites,” Mr. Chandran said.

Meanwhile, the dog was caught by dog catchers attached to the ABC unit. Veterinary sources at the ABC unit said that prima facie the dog showed no signs of rabies. A surgery was performed on the dog as part of sterilisation and will now be observed for the next ten days.

“Usually, rabid dogs can be identified even without the mandatory two days observation and are straightaway quarantined. If it turns out to be rabid, it will die in two days in which case the carcass will be sent to the College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Mannuthy, to confirm it. In the case of this particular dog, there were no signs of rabies,” sources said.

The ABC unit has three veterinary surgeons and four dog catchers and a driver. On an average, 120 to 150 dogs are sterilised by the unit in a month.

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