KZN dog pack savages 10

2013-12-18 00:00

TEN people are being treated with rabies vaccine after being attacked by a pack of about 13 stray dogs at Harding.

One victim, a pregnant woman, was badly bitten after she fell to the ground and the dogs attacked her.

The vicious dogs had been lying on a sports field when they attacked the group who were walking nearby.

According to spokesperson for KwaZulu-Natal EMS Robert McKenzie, the injured were treated at the Santombe Clinic.

McKenzie said the dog bite victims said they had been walking along a road next to the sports field when the dogs started chasing them.

“Most of the people were bitten on the arms and legs as they were running away. However, a pregnant woman fell while running away and sustained further bites as the dogs bit her while she was lying on the ground,” said McKenzie.

He said the group managed to make their way to the nearby Santombe Clinic, where they received treatment and the ambulance was called. They were then taken to St Andrew’s Hospital for further care, he said.

St Andrew’s Hospital spokesperson Nkosikhona Zwane said their casualty department received five dog bite cases referred by Santombe Clinic.

She said there were minor injuries, except for the pregnant woman, who sustained deep wounds on her arm and a bruise on her breast.

She said the hospital could not confirm if the dogs had rabies or not, but all patients have been treated according to the protocol on management of dog bite clients and they are all in a stable condition.

The South Coast SPCA said they can only send their inspectors out to take the dogs into their care if the matter has been reported to the nearest police station by the local uMuziwabantu Municipality’s Protection Services.

uMuziwabantu municipal manager Sazi Mbhele said they would investigate the matter and take necessary action once they have full details of what happened.

“I have not been informed of this and it has just been brought to my attention by the newspaper,” he said.

Mbhele said often people do not report dog bite cases in rural areas.

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