Yuen Long toddler attacked by pack of dogs

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 22 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 22 December, 2007, 12:00am

A toddler suffered numerous bites all over his body when a pack of eight stray dogs attacked him in Yuen Long yesterday.

The 14-month-old boy, Chow Shui-lan, was bitten on the head, left arm, back and buttocks while alone in a small yard outside his home in Ma Tin Pok village on Tai Shu Ha Road East.

Neighbours said the dogs, which Shui-lan had been playing with, suddenly attacked him at 3pm.

Shui-lan's mother rushed out of the house when she heard her son's screams and chased off the dogs with a man.

'He was bitten quite seriously. There are wounds on his head, arms, back, foot, almost everywhere,' the man said.

Shui-lan was in stable condition in Tuen Mun Hospital last night.

Dog control officers from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department were sent to search the area but a spokesman said he did not know if any strays had been caught.

Shui-lan's elder brother said many strays loitered in the area. 'It is not the first time that people have been attacked by dogs here. A girl living here was also bitten a few months ago,' he said.

Villagers said the dogs originally belonged to the owner of a container parking area and were abandoned when it closed last year.