9 July 2012

Kenya: Boy, Seven, Dies After Being Attacked By Dog

A Seven-year-old boy died after he was bitten by a dog belonging to a Swiss national at Watamu village in Malindi district. It is said the boy had gone to the compound of the Swiss woman only known as Rose to look for mangoes when he was attacked by the dog. Witnesses said the minor had entered the compound through the gate when the fierce dog escaped from its owner and bit him on the neck.

One of the witnesses, Supa Nabala said neighbours jump over the fence to save the boy whose yells had attracted them after finding the gate locked. "The Swiss woman had locked the gate because she feared being attacked by the mob, but the neighbors managed to jump over the fence and take the boy for treatment," she said.

Speaking on phone she said the boy was rushed to the Seventh Day Adventist health centre in Watamu and later transferred to Malindi Star hospital where he died while undergoing treatment. She said angry members of the public attacked the home of the Swiss woman, who had locked herself in the house. "She was lucky because police arrived at the scene fast and rescued her from the mob and took her to Watamu police station," said Nabala. Watamu chief Michael katana confirmed the incident.

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