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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Woman Gets 28 Stitches After Dog Attack

In the news today...

Retiree Gets 28 Stitches After Dog Attack

GEORGE TOWN: A retiree received 28 stitches on the head, arm and thigh after she was attacked by her neighbour’s German Shepherd in Bukit Jambul here.

The canine pounced on Badriah Hanani Abu Bakar, 53, and sunk its teeth into her thigh, ripping off part of her pants.

She slumped to the ground and hit her head hard, resulting in profuse bleeding.

Her husband Suhaimi Ismail, 60, watched in horror as the dog went on to bite his wife’s arm before its owner rushed out to grab it. The dog allegedly ran out of the house when its owner opened the gate.

“It all happened so fast. I remember screaming for help when I saw the dog barking and charging towards me. Then I blacked out after I fell down,” Badriah said at the Pantai Hospital in Jalan Tengah yesterday.

“The owner lives only four houses away from me and we have never seen that dog before.”

She received 13 stitches on the head, 12 on the left arm and three on the right thigh.

Badriah said she was talking to her neighbour outside her house when the incident happened at 8.15am on Sunday.

“I now worry for the other residents there.

“There are many kids playing and senior citizens taking walks in the mornings and evenings. What will happen if the dog attacks them?” Badriah said, adding that owners should keep their dogs from other residents, especially if the animals are aggressive.

It is learnt that the owner did not have a licence for his dog.

Suhaimi lodged reports at the Sungai Nibong police station, the Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) and the state Veterinary Services Department, which had since taken the canine away pending investigations.

Penang CID chief Senior Asst Comm Mazlan Kesah confirmed the incident.

MPPP Stray and Abandoned Dogs Committee chairman S. Sukumar said dogs owners who fail to obtain a licence for their pets would be fined RM100.

“It is the responsibility of the owners to take care of their dogs and to ensure that they do not harm others.”

Source: The Star

My take on this:  German Shepherd dogs ( GSD) are highly intelligent and have excellent temperament. Following this incident, some morons will surely call for the banning  of GSDs in the next few days, despite this being an isolated case. I would say, ban the owner not the dogs!  Intelligent and high-energy working breed dogs are not meant for cages. They're not meant for a sedentary life. Heck, they're German Shepherds. It's a herding dog for godsake. They need to be worked out and given ample of exercise. When the irresponsible owner fails to provide this, the dog becomes stressed and in the long run, it turns into aggression. The dog below is Quando, my very own GSD. He gets a lot of play time and exercise everyday WITHOUT FAIL. Even if I'm sick, he will get the workout he deserves. Alternate of cycling, long walks, high intensity ball chase and hiking. Not to forget plenty of socialisation, grooming/brushing and love. If you can't provide this, a working class dog is not for you. If you want to chain and cage your dog, don't even bother getting a dog. Get a barbie doll instead!


  1. true! they're like our own kids! we're the one who responsible for their behavior! why blame the dog? blame that scumbag who turn him to be like that! dun PTS the dog! simply PTS the owner then case solved

    p/s: sory for harsh words, bro. but this really get on my nerve!

    1. If we raise them properly they will never become like this. It's sad indeed

  2. penang again??? oh great!!! bodoh punya owner!!! tak pasal2 that bloody council will make this as an excuse to kill all dogs on the streets!! benci benci benci!!! stupid owner!!!

  3. Xtahu lah ape nasib..nya nati. Kalau blh xnk jd ap2 kpd mngsa,n jga anjing tu.n

    1. The dog has been quarantined now for 10 days :(

    2. hope didnt hear that poor one will put to...i dun wanna say here.. but i pray to God this fella will have a good ending here (manetau ade org adopt and raised him properly or vet doc try to change n therapy him to be a good dog ke...i dunno but hoping a good one)