Mumbai: 19-year-old bitten by Chembur resident's pet dog gets 49 stitches in face

Updated: 29 October, 2020 07:49 IST | Shirish Vaktania | Mumbai

Chembur police book dog owner and another person for negligence based on a complaint filed by the victim's father on Wednesday night

Purvai Patil and The dog
Purvai Patil and The dog

An Adarsh Nagar resident got 49 stitches in the face after she was attacked allegedly by a German shepherd. Her family on Wednesday night lodged a complaint against two people, including the pet's owner, at the Chembur police station.

Purvai Dattaram Patil, 19, who lives at R C Marg in Chembur camp, sustained injuries in the right side of her upper cheek and forehead, very close to the eye. She was discharged after the doctor administered the stitches in about two and a half hours.

The incident happened around 10.30 pm on the day of Dussehra festival, when pet owner Dinkar Gaikwad, 53, and his son's friend Ajit Ghenand, 21, took the dog to the ground where Purvai was.

Purvai's father Dattaram Patil told mid-day, "On Dussehra, my daughter and other children were celebrating the festival at Belwadi ground. Then Ajit went there with a German shepherd to meet his friend. The dog was not on a leash and suddenly started barking at the children. Then the dog ran towards kids aged around four years old and my daughter tried to save them when it bit her on the face twice. The locals managed to save my daughter."

"I took Purvai to the nearest hospital but they were not ready to admit her due to COVID-19. We finally admitted her to Zen hospital around 1.45 am. My daughter received 49 stitches on her face. Her eyes were luckily saved. My daughter is still in trauma."

Chembur police have registered the case under Section 289 (negligent conduct with respect to animals) of the Indian Penal Code.

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First Published: 29 October, 2020 07:31 IST

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