Four-year-old boy attacked by stray dogs in playground

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 November, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 November, 1998, 12:00am

A four-year-old boy was attacked by a pack of stray dogs in a playground metres from his home yesterday.

Lo Kar-kun was playing alone after school near his squatter hut home in Cha Kwo Ling Road, Yau Tong, when he was chased by six strays.

Some of the dogs pounced on the boy, biting him on the buttocks and legs as he tried to flee to his home.

His grandmother said she was doing housework when she heard his screams but he had been attacked when she reached him.

Kar-kun was taken to United Christian Hospital where he was given five anti-rabies injections before being sent home.

The Agriculture and Fisheries Department sent a team to the hillside by the squatter area and caught four dogs.

The animals will be detained for seven days and tested for rabies.

Kar-kun's father, 40, said he hoped the department could capture all stray dogs in the area.

'We always see the dogs around this area - more than 10 of them,' he said.

'I hope the department can catch all the strays as we have children playing around here all the time.' For the past five years, an average of five dogs have been caught each day after reports of attacks.

Sit Hong-chung, a vet from the department, advised people to keep calm in similar situations and walk slowly away from the area.