Dog-bite incidents have increased due to the apathy of administration as three schoolchildren were hospitalised and a number complaints filed with the district and divisional administrations against the pie-dogs.

The district administration had repeatedly announced campaigns against pye- dogs but so far it has failed to take practical steps. Expressing concerns over the rapid increase in such cases, the citizens said it was the administration’s failure to undertake a continued campaign against pye-dogs in their respective areas. They said that the administration could not succeed in eliminating pye-dogs unless such campaigns were undertaken simultaneously in and around the city areas.

The residents of Satellite Town, Fareed Town, Wahdat Colony, Jinnah Road, Bukhteywala, People’s Colony, Race Course Road and many other localities revealed that the population of pye-dogs in their localities had increased to such an extent that they would normally avoid sending their children to the parks and playgrounds as pye-dogs roam there even during day time.

They deplored that although one could see pye-dogs roaming about not only in their neighbourhood but even at public places like bus stops and restaurants, the administration had not yet taken any step against the menace. The people said that the administration should look into the matter and ensure elimination of pie-dogs.

Dog bites can usually be treated with simple first aid at home to prevent the bite from being infected, which is the most common complication. Animal saliva contains millions of bacteria that can lead to an infection.

When a dog bites, the front teeth are used to grasp the victim, while the other teeth pull at the surrounding skin as they bite. The result can be a deep hole in the skin causing a puncture wound, made by the front teeth, and a jagged wound or laceration (cut) with a scraped section of skin, or abrasion. As children are smaller, the neck and facial area, especially the lips, nose and cheek, are the most common areas for them to be bitten. The hands, arms, legs and feet are more commonly bitten in adults.

If you think a dog bite is infected, seek medical advice immediately because occasionally an infected animal bite can lead to blood poisoning (sepsis), an infection of the inner lining of the heart ( endocarditis) or an infection of the outer layers of the brain (meningitis).