Canine terror: 169 bitten since Jan 1

SRINAGAR: As many as 169 people bitten by dogs across the valley have been treated at the SMHS hospital since January 1 this year, while eight fresh cases of dog bites were received by the hospital in the past 24 hours alone.
An official at the Anti-Rabies Clinic (ARC) of the hospital told Kashmir Reader that the dog bite victims had class II and III injuries and most of them were the residents of Srinagar where the dog population is about 50,000.
“Most of the patients were children. And many of them suffered injuries in arms and legs,” the official said.
Besides SMHS, he said, many bite victims have also been treated at SKIMS, Soura, as anti-rabies vaccine is available there. He said the dog bite cases in the past 19 days may be above 200.
On Saturday, a stray dog ran amok in Batamaloo and bit about 25 people.
“I was talking to a mechanic at a workshop in Rambagh this morning when a dog bit my right leg,” Gurcharan Singh, a resident of Batamaloo, told Kashmir Reader at the Anti-Rabies Clinic.
Singh said dogs have injured four people, among them the minor daughter of a mechanic, on the Rambagh Bund during the past three days.
“I didn’t realise where the dog came from. I was taken by surpirse when I saw it attacking me furiously,” he added.
One of the victims, Abdul Waheed of Barzulla, who had been bitten by dogs at Rajbagh on Sunday afternoon, complained that he found the ARC closed when he went there for vaccination.
“I was surprised by their careless attitude,” Waheed told Kashmir Reader.
He said it took him about an hour to reach SKIMS, where anti-rabies vaccine was administered to him.