Sharp rise in indoor dog attacks bucks trend

PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 September, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 03 September, 1999, 12:00am

More dog attacks have been reported in indoor public areas.

Figures from the Agriculture and Fisheries Department released yesterday show that while the number of reported dog-bite cases dropped by 17.5 per cent from 2,483 in 1997-98 to 2,049 in 1998-99, more attacks took place in indoor public areas.

An analysis of cases in 1998-99 showed about 14 per cent, or 282 cases, took place in such locations, compared with nine per cent, or 230 cases, the previous year.

Chow and mongrel dogs were responsible for more than half of all dog-bite cases, while about 70 per cent of bite cases involved dogs weighing more than 20kg, the department revealed.

The figures are expected to be presented today to a Legco sub-committee meeting on control of dangerous dogs.