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Dog Chunks Off 5 year Old Girl Scalp, Attacks Owner in Ibadan

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A five year old girl has suffered a severe injury when a dog chuck off the hair and flesh covering her head during a usual visit to the house of an elderly female friend at Adagbada Arola area of Apete, Ibadan, Oyo State.

The girl, Moridiyat Rauf, in her usual practice, had gone to the dog owner’s house to greet and play with her, with the belief that the animal had been secured in its cage but unknown to the woman, whose name was given as Mrs Esther (surname withheld), the dog had somehow loosened the padlock on the cage and pounced on as the girl as she entered the compound.

Prime News gathered that the dog owner reportedly struggled to extricate the girl failed, but could only shielded Moridiya with her body.

Angry at the move, the dog descended on its owner, bit off her nose and tore off a big chunk of flesh from the left side of her face.

It was reported that it took the efforts of neighbours and sympathisers to subdue the dog and rescued the girl.

The girl’s brother, who spoke on the incident, disclosed that the girl’s mother left for the market at about 7:30am, and was in the sitting room with Moridiya’s elder brother watching video while the girl and another sibling were playing with a teddy bear.

I heard the piercing cry of my sister and went to trace where she was. As I stood at the gate of the woman’s house, I was shocked by what I saw. The mummy shielded my sister with her body.

“I started shouting ‘Dog! Dog!’ I shook the gate. I picked stones and climbed the fence, but the dog held on to my sister and its owner.

Other people started coming to find a way of rescuing them. We were looking for a weapon that would subdue it. Eventually, elders got in, killed the dog and quickly rushed my sister to the hospital,”.

It was gathered that Moridiya was first rushed to the Health Centre at Ajibode area, from where she was promptly referred to the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan for emergency medical attention.

Meanwhile, the dog owner was also taken to the same hospital for medical attention.

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