A SIX year-old boy has been admitted at the Gizo hospital with serious wounds to his body after a group of stray dogs attacked him last Friday.
The incident happened just in front of the boy’s family residence at the Gizo Top hill, Allardyce area just after 8 o’clock in the morning.
He was getting ready for school when the incident occurred near their parking lot.
Reports reaching the Solomon Star Gizo said the group of stray dogs were roaming around the boy’s neighbourhood, and ended up attacking him wounding his head, chest and thighs.
“About seven stray dogs attacked the boy.
“Luckily for him, he survived the attack with injuries to his body.
“It was his father that quickly intervened to save the young boy,” one eye witness told this paper.
In an interview with the father Ellison Gore, he recalled that he was preparing breakfast when the dogs attacked his son.
“We were in the house and I was preparing breakfast when the incident occurred.
“I could not hear any struggling sound from my son, and not even a barking sound outside,” Gore said.
Now long afterwards, one of his eldest sons screamed after he saw what had happened to his brother.
“It was my eldest son that screamed which caught my attention.
“So I rushed out of the house and saw the horror. It was around seven dogs that covered Wade (his son).
“I was shocked. Four of the dogs were barking around him, while the other three were still attacking him.
“They were biting his head, chest, and left thigh without letting him go,” the emotional father said.
By that time my son was already covered with blood all over his face and body, Gore recalled.
He then searched for any object he can use to chase the dogs away, but couldn’t seem to find one as he was still in a state of panic.
“I was holding on to my mobile phone at that time and that is what I used to shoot one of the dogs.
“The dog then escaped but the other two dogs were still attacking my son, dragging him from the parking garage down towards a cement stairs with the boy laying with his face down, unconscious and covered with blood,” Gore said.
He added that the dogs did not give up but continued to drag his son few more meters away from the first location.
The victim’s uniform was torn apart as the father rushed quickly to chase the dogs away.
Gore then immediately rushed his son to the Gizo Hospital, where he was then treated for the serious wounds sustained from the dog attack.
Meanwhile, the Gizo Provincial Commandant Police (PPC) Mathias Lenialu warned all Gizo residents to be aware of stray dogs on the streets.
“Please, do take extra precaution when travelling along the road during night times,” PPC Lenialu said.
He said the Gizo Police and responsible authorities will later look into the matter after reports were being made to get rid of stray dogs in the provincial capital.
By ULUTAH GINA