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Wild dog runs amok in Pudong

A "GHOSTLY" dog bit off the eyelid of a seven-year-old boy and attacked 16 other residents in Shanghai's Pudong New Area yesterday.

A SWAT team has been dispatched to shoot the dog on sight, but it was still on the loose late last night.

The boy and the other 16 victims had been sent to nearby hospitals yesterday evening while the SWAT team and dog catchers were patrolling the community on Yongtai Road. The dog was last seen running into nearby farm fields.

The dog, described by witnesses as a medium-sized yellow Pekingese dog or a Shih Tzu, was first spotted wandering around the community yesterday morning, attacking residents randomly, victims said.

Some residents called the dog a "ghost" or the "ugly yellow" because it had an "ugly wrinkled face," attacked people without any warning and ran away swiftly after biting them.

"My little brother was crouching on the ground, playing with me when the 'wrinkled face' rushed out from the bushes and bit him," said Zhou Yating, 10. "Then my brother started bleeding all over his face. It's so horrible."

The little girl said the dog jumped off from his brother's body and ran away immediately before their parents could catch it.

Zhou's seven-year-old brother, Zhou Tu'en was lying in hospital bed, moaning in pain as his left eyelid has been ripped by the dog's sharp teeth at about 5pm, leaving part of his eyeball exposed.

"We have to act fast otherwise he might lose the eye," said Lin Ming, a doctor with No. 9 People's Hospital. "He will have surgery tomorrow if the wound is not affected by the rabies virus."

Meanwhile, the 16 other victims were sent to Punan Hospital yesterday, all claiming they were bitten or scratched by the dog, a hospital official surnamed Yin said.

Yin said the victims had bite or scratch wounds on their legs and hands and doctors are treating them with rabies vaccines.

"I saw the dog follow a young woman who was walking across the street, and it suddenly jumped to her leg, biting so hard that it left four deep teeth marks," said a resident surnamed Wu.

Residents said they believe the dog belonged to a neighbor who had abandoned the animal.

Zhou, the young girl, said: "I've seen it several times before, and a middle-aged woman with red hair used to walk it."

Some animal-welfare volunteers were on their way to help catch the dog and wanted to take it to a pet hospital for treatment. They said they believed the dog became so aggressive because it was in heat and they were hoping the police team would not kill it.


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