Date
21 August 2017
Authorities have recorded nine cases of dog biting in Discovery Bay this year, including the one involving a 10-year-old boy (inset). Photo: HKEJ
Authorities have recorded nine cases of dog biting in Discovery Bay this year, including the one involving a 10-year-old boy (inset). Photo: HKEJ

Discovery Bay dog bite victim, 10, spends week in hospital

A 10-year-old boy was hospitalized for a week after being attacked by a dog in Discovery Bay late in July, Apple Daily reported on Thursday.

The incident has fueled public concern, especially among parents, that children are at higher risk of getting bitten by dogs in Discovery Bay.

A resident surnamed Lai was walking home with her two sons in the evening of July 26, when her younger son was bitten by one of three dogs chained to a staircase, believed to have been left behind by a domestic helper who went to buy groceries.

The bite wounds were serious and swelling developed a few days after initial medical treatment. Lai’s son had to be admitted to a hospital and antibiotics were prescribed.

Despite having identified the dog’s owner, both the police and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) had failed to take any action, such as taking the dog for inspection or pursuing the owner’s liability.

Lai regretted not calling the police immediately after the attack, and called on other residents to immediately report to the police any such incident.

So far this year, the AFCD has recorded nine cases of dog biting in Discovery Bay.

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