Dogs bite 18 people in Uri village

As many as 18 people were bitten by stray dogs on Thursday at a village here in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. Two among the injured including a minor, were shifted to Srinagar hospital for advanced treatment.

Officials said a pack of stray dogs appeared in Darawan village of Uri and attacked several people in separate incidents on Thursday.

All the injured were taken to nearby hospitals for immediate treatment. Four among them were later shifted to sub District Hospital Uri for advanced treatment.

Block Medical Officer Uri Muhammad Ramzan said that they received four people with dog bites.

Two among the four including a two year old child were shifted first to District Hospital Baramulla for specialized treatment and later to Srinagar hospital. “The two year old child had wounds on his chest, he said.

An official identified the injured who were admitted at SDH Uri as Haji Mohamad Ashrif, Arbaz Ahmed, Davood Ahmad, Amana Bano, Tanjeed Ahmad and Binyamin.

Among the injured Haji Mohamad Ashraf, 72, and Arbaz Ahmed were shifted to Srinagar hospital for advanced treatment.

The fresh incident of dog attack is third of its kind in two months.

Earlier seven people were injured in two separate incidents when a pack of stray dogs attacked a group of people in Uri market.

The fresh incident of attack by stray dogs has evoked strong resentment among the local residents.

The growing incident of dog attack had created extreme fear especially among the school going children.

“Despite appraising the administration about the growing population of stray dogs and possible threat to locals, the administration is unmoved. It seems they are not bothered about the people’s hardships,” said Fayaz Ahmad a local resident.