Must put down dogs which attack people

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 January, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 12 January, 1994, 12:00am

I WRITE regarding the Great Dane that attacked and killed the eight-year-old girl in a New Territories village on Saturday.

When I was 10 years old, I was attacked by a dog. A chunk was bitten out of my arm.

In the US, when a dog attacks anyone, then it is common practice to put the dog to sleep.

Because my parents were friends with the dog's owner, they didn't call the police.

Six months later the same dog badly mauled an eight-year-old girl's face.

If a dog attacks once, then most likely it will attack again. I think we need a law in Hong Kong about dog attacks.

Dogs should be put to sleep if they show and then inflict that much violence on a human. This should be done right after the first attack.

As in my case, if you let a dog go that has already attacked, it will attack again.

I love dogs, but if a dog is mean and vicious then it isn't very lovable and is a threat to humans. We would lock up a man if he killed or maimed someone. Shouldn't dogs have the same treatment? LEXI GARSCHAGEN Mid-Levels I AM concerned about the limited effectiveness of the Housing Authority to prosecute those families which are keeping dogs on housing estates.

Tenants do not even hide the fact they have dogs. Last week, on a bulletin board, in a block of Choi Wan Estate where I live, a resident was offering a reward for the return of his puppy, even though residents in housing estates are not supposed to keep dogs.

I know am not the only public housing resident who is scared of dogs. Some can be very dangerous and bites can lead to the victim being infected with rabies.

Public housing estates are for low-income families and not for dogs.

The Housing Authority should impose stricter punishments for those who keep dogs in contravention of the regulations, such as forfeiture of tenancy.