Young dog attack survivor back home

Lydia Whippy with her two year old daughter Amari who was attacked by stray dogs in Nadi last week. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

DOG attack survivor Amari Whippy is back at home.

Mum Lydia Whippy said the two-year-old was discharged yesterday afternoon after recovering well from two successful surgeries.

“She is healing really well and is back to her normal self,” Ms Whippy said.

Amari was attacked by stray dogs that entered her family’s compound at Narewa in Nadi last Friday.

Ms Whippy said she was home at the time of the attack and Amari’s nanny was by the door.

“It happened so quickly, within seconds.”

Amari had injuries to her left ear, on her back, buttocks and thighs.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama responded to the attacks by requesting municipal councils to work with the Ministry of Local Government to remedy the issue by “carrying out a campaign to remove any dangerous wild dogs from our communities”.

Agriculture Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy announced that an intensive eight-week stray dog control program implemented and coordinated by the Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government, the Fiji Police Force, local municipalities and animal welfare organisations would begin this week.

He said control methods would include baiting and trapping, neutering, education and awareness, licensing and registration.

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