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Wild Dogs Also Attack Boy, 5, In Suva

On Friday, the student was attacked and bitten by at least four stray dogs inside a primary school compound.
16 Jun 2019 11:45
Wild Dogs Also Attack Boy, 5, In Suva
Dad Billy Singh at the Lautoka Hopsital with two-year-old daughter Amari Whippy. She had surgery on Friday for injuries she suffered when she was attacked streets >P12 by stray dogs in Narewa, Nadi. Photo: Mereleki Nai

A kindergarten student in Suva is one of the latest victims of attacks by stray dogs.

More reports about stray dogs attacking people surfaced when news of two-year-old Amari Whippy’s attack by wild dogs in Narewa, Nadi, was published in the Fiji Sun yesterday.

On Friday, the student was attacked and bitten by at least four stray dogs inside a primary school compound.

The extent of injuries suffered by the five-year-old boy was not known yesterday, but two people have confirmed to the Fiji Sun that the boy was attacked and bitten inside the school compound in Suva. After reading young Amari’s story in yesterday’s Fiji Sun, a woman called this newspaper and spoke about the incident.

The woman, who preferred to remain anonymous because her children attend the primary school, said one of her sons had told her about the dog attack.

“According to my son, the little boy went to the washroom alone, but it’s not clear whether he was going or returning from there when he was attacked by four stray dogs,” she said.

“Some students and teachers from the nearby secondary school came to assist the boy and chased the dogs away.

“I really don’t know where the boy was bitten, but what’s worrying is that the attack happened inside the school compound. My children say stray dogs are always inside the school compound.”

Shalini Prakash sent a message to the Fiji Sun Facebook page also confirming the Friday incident.

Ms Prakash said the kindergarten boy was badly bitten by three dogs on Friday morning in the school compound.

“The safety of our children is at stake here, especially inside the school compound,” she said.

“Two small innocent children fell prey to these dogs this week; this is just two attacks that we know of. Don’t know how many more wild dog attacks are out there.”

When this report was filed last night, it was not clear if the incident was reported to the relevant authorities or not.

No comments could be obtained from the school management.

Shakintra Devi also called the Fiji Sun and shared her wild dog attack experience.

Ms Devi said that on August 8 last year, she was bitten by three dogs at Nokonoko Road at Laucala Beach, Suva.

“I was walking along the side of the road when the dogs came out of a compound and attacked me. I was badly bitten. I reported the matter to Police too, but I don’t think anything has been done yet about the owner of the dogs. The owner told me that he couldn’t do anything about the attack,” she said.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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