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Father Tells: How My Boy, 7, Was Mauled By A ‘German Shepherd’

What was supposed to be a relaxing day by the seaside for the Sharma family turned grisly. Their seven-year-old son was mauled by what they said was a German Shepherd
24 Nov 2020 12:30
Father Tells: How My Boy, 7, Was Mauled By A ‘German Shepherd’
Manav Sharma, 7, at the children’s ward of the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva on November 23, 2020, while in treatment after he was attacked by what is believed to be a German Shepherd dog on Sunday along the Nasese seawall. Police are currently investigating the situation. Photo: Fonua Talei.

What was supposed to be a relaxing day by the seaside for the Sharma family turned grisly.

Their seven-year-old son was mauled by what they said was a German Shepherd dog on Sunday.

Distressed father of two, Ashwin Sharma said Police should seriously look into the matter because his son could have been killed by the dog had it not been for a passing vehicle that stopped it.

He said all was well when they set out that day and had parked by the seawall opposite China Club.

While they were enjoying the sea breeze and the kids were playing nearby they spotted two German Shepherds jump into the water.

A few minutes later, while they were deciding to leave for breakfast, one of the dogs attacked Mr Sharma’s son, by biting him on the head.

“I was just a few metres away from him when the dog attacked him,” Mr Sharma said.

“He was not holding any food that would have led the dog to him.”

“Thankfully, the dog did not bite his neck or else it would have killed my son on the spot. While we were hitting the dog to chase it, a vehicle came and drove close to the dog to scare it, that’s when it let go of my son and ran away.”

Mr Sharma said the traumatic experience has permanently scarred his family especially his son who is admitted at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital Children’s Ward.

His son received bite wounds on the chest, head, ears and on side of his face.

 

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The family is calling on authorities to take the necessary measures against dog owners to prevent future incidents from happening.

Police Spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the child was playing along the Nasese seawall when he was attacked however she could not ascertain the breed of the dog.

She said the dog owner was questioned and they said they had tied up the dog before going to church however they do not know how the dogs came loose and went out of their compound.

Ms Naisoro said Police investigations into the matter will continue.

 

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