“The road to recovery may be very long,” 22-year-old Man Sze-wai’s mother said after her daughter was attacked and severely hurt by two Tibetan mastiffs raised by her neighbor.
Man’s mother said it may take six to nine months for her daughter to fully recover from her wounds, which include facial mutilations, Apple Daily reported.
But long after the physical injuries will have healed, the psychological trauma left by the incident is likely to linger, the mother said.
Man might even lose her job at the Cathay Pacific ticketing office because of the long recovery period, she said.
Shortly after the incident, which happened earlier this month, officers from Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department interviewed the victim and showed her two pictures of the dogs to help her recall the horrifying episode.
Man became very emotional upon the seeing the dog’s pictures, her mother said.
She applied a two-day leave from Tuen Mun Hospital over the weekend to rest at home at Mountain Royal in Fung Kong Tsuen, Lau Fu Shan.
She appeared so weak when she arrived home, her mother said.
Man’s dog, a male Labrador named Dor Dor, which saved his owner from further attack, was so happy to see Man coming back. He jumped and rolled on the ground to welcome Man.
The owner of the two Tibetan mastiffs, surnamed Au Yeung, decided to talk to the newspaper, the first time since the incident happened.
He said the two Tibetan mastiffs are trained dogs.
His whole family was not at home when it occurred, Au Yeung said, adding that it was totally the fault of his two Filipino maids for letting the dogs escape.
“I have done everything I could, but the Mans won’t accept my apology,” he said.
He said he now makes sure that no one is around when he walks the dogs.
In fact, it was not the first time that Tibetan mastiffs attacked people in Hong Kong.
Two similar cases were reported in Tai Kong Po Tsuen in Yuen Long over the past few years, including one that happened just this July.
The 59-year-old victim, surnamed Chan, said he arrived home at around 9:30 p.m., when two furious Tibetan mastiffs came out of nowhere and pounced on him.
“It was noisy, and two dogs rushed at me in full speed that I was not able to dodge,” Chan said.
Chan suffered bite wounds in the chest, thigh and hands.
He said he still goes to the hospital every day to have the wounds cleaned.
Chan, who used to be a vehicle maintenance technician, said he could no longer work because of an inflamed hand that resulted from the attack.
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