A woman was badly injured after her uncle’s German shepherd dog attacked her in Narsinghpur in Sector 37, police said on Thursday.
Police said the woman, Priti Bhati (24), had come out of her residence with her two friends and was making her way to the main entrance, which is adjacent to her uncle’s house, when his German Shepherd allegedly came charging at her and bit her several times.
Police said the incident took place on Monday evening and Bhati was rushed to a nearby private hospital where she remained under treatment till Wednesday. After she was discharged from the hospital, she filed a police complaint against her uncle.
On Bhati’s complaint, an FIR was registered against her uncle under Section 289 (negligent conduct with respect to animals) of Indian Penal Code at the Sector 37 police station on Wednesday evening.
Bhati said she was on her way to distribute the wedding invitations of one of her friends when the incident took place. She said her mother rushed out on hearing her screams and rescued her from the dog. Multiple attempts were made to contact Bhati, but she did not respond to calls and messages seeking her comment on the FIR.
Inspector Sunita Devi, station house officer of the Sector 37 police station, said there are four bite marks on the Bhati’s forearms.
“These bites were deep wounds caused by canine teeth. We will take the medical opinion of doctors for further investigation. We will also investigate whether the dog was registered with the municipal corporation or not,” she said.
The SHO said during the course of investigation, it came to fore that the dog had earlier bitten the woman’s father as well.
“Her father is the older brother of the dog owner. They have good relations but this time, they got an FIR registered against him,” she said.
Lalit Bhati, the woman’s older brother, alleged that the dog had bitten at least five members of their family until now.
“It bit our father four months ago. It has also bitten the uncle’s three daughters and another relative. It keeps attacking family members frequently. We have asked him several times to send the dog elsewhere but he pays no heed. We never complained as it was a family matter but this time, we got an FIR registered,” Lalit said.
“We are thankful that the dog didn’t attack my sister’s friend who is getting married within the week; else it would have been very troubling for our family,” he said.
Dr Vivek Yadav, a government veterinarian, said dog bite incidents involving pets are a result of poor training and lack of behavioural grooming. “German shepherds are among the most family-friendly dogs. If such a dog attacks family members, then it might be untrained. Ill treatment also makes a dog aggressive and it ends up attacking humans, including those in the family,” he said.
On November 15, the district consumer dispute redressal forum had ordered the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) to make registration of pet dogs mandatory and form a policy for them.
The forum had also ordered MCG to pay ₹2 lakh interim compensation to a woman who had to undergo surgery at Safdarjung hospital after getting bitten by a dog, a Dogo Argentino, a breed prohibited in the country, in Civil Lines locality on August 11.