In a horrific incident, an elderly woman got severely bitten by a stray dog inside her society's premise on Wednesday night when she went for her evening stroll.
The incident happened at GH-7, a residential condominium at Crossings Republik around 10.30 pm. “The stray followed her for quite a distance and then suddenly attacked, pinning her to the ground, and bit her badly on her left leg,” told Rohit Chaudhary, president of the Apartment Owners Association (AOA) of GH-7.
As per eyewitnesses, the attack was so vicious that the whole spot got smeared with the blood of the victim. The victim was rushed to a private hospital where the doctor diagnosed the bite as third grade dog-bite.
Chaudhary said that the same dog has been involved in earlier incidents as well. Atleast 5-6 such attacks have been made by this dog previously as well.
"We have identified the dog and complained to People For Animals (a nodal agency appointed my Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation to look after sterelization, vaccination and treatment of stray animals) for his treatment. They took the dog for the treatment after our complaint. But it seems that they have not effectively treated the dog. His ferociousness was still intact," added Chaudhary.
The terror of stray dogs is not new to the residents of this society. The residents have been facing it for quite a long time. However, they blamed lethargy of PFA in dealing with these issues.
In March 2019, a group of four dogs had attacked and bitten a 13-year-old girl on her right hip.
Chaudhary said that the residents have been this issue for a long time now. “These attacks came in limelight otherwise, there are many other incidents which have happened frequently. Parents have stopped their kids from playing in the ground," he added.
In November 2018, a 7-year-old boy of GH-7 was attacked twice within a span of three days by a stray dog. In the first incident, the boy escaped with deep scratches on his back but suffered a grade 3 bite on his thighs in the second time.
As per Chaudhary, the stray menace is so deadly that even AOA had to put out a circular requesting resident to stop sending their kids in the playground. “After each incident, we (AOA) had to face the ire of the residents while PFA puts very less efforts in resolving this issue,” he added.
“More than 80 stray dogs are currently putting up in the society. We can't even evict them as that is against the law. What shall we do then? We can’t let our children suffer,” Chaudhary said.
As per the Animal Welfare Board of India’s notification and Supreme Court’s order, relocation of a stray dog from their territory is prohibited. In case where the dogs have turned ferocious, only the designated agency, which looks after the cases, can evict them.
Meanwhile, doctors say incidents of attack by the same dog happen only when the dog senses terror from the object which happens to be the child in this case. “Dogs usually do this with a person who has troubled them in any way in the past, or if they perceive him/her as a threat to their lives,” explained Dr. Preetpal Singh, in-charge of Canine Rabies Unit, Meerut zone.
City Spidey tried to reach out to the victim but she couldn’t speak as she was in severe pain. City Spidey also tried to reach Sumedha Iyer, president of Ghaziabad branch of PFA but she did not respond to our calls and texts.