Wednesday May 9, 2012
Bull terrier kills jogger
By RASHITHA A. HAMID
SUBANG JAYA: A man who just turned 74 a few days ago was killed by a bull terrier while jogging in his housing area.
Yip Sun Wah died at the scene after the dog bit him on the neck and almost tore off his left ear in the 9.50am incident in Jalan SS19/5B, about 1km from Yip's house here.
The dog ran out of its owner's house and attacked Yip for almost four minutes before returning home.
A car salesman, who only wanted to be identified as Addy, 44, said he was on his way to meet a customer when he saw Yip being attacked by the dog.
He said he tried to hit the dog with his umbrella but it was too aggressive and only stopped attacking after Yip was motionless.
It is learnt that the owner had just got the animal about three months ago after her house was robbed.
Subang Jaya OCPD ACP Yahaya Ramli said the 25-year-old female accountant had bought the animal from a private kennel. He said she has a licence to keep the dog.
“We have released her after recording her statement,” he added.
ACP Yahaya also said the dog had escaped from the house through the rubbish compartment door which was not properly secured.
The victim's body was sent to the University Malaya Medical Centre while the dog is now with the Shah Alam Municipal Council.
ACP Yahaya said the animal would be tested to ascertain if it has any disease.
The victim's eldest son Hon Mun, 51, said he was informed of the incident by an eyewitness who called him using his father's mobile phone.
“I rushed to the scene immediately but my father was already dead,” he said, adding the victim had been jogging in the area for the past 20 years.
The case is being investigated under Section 304(a) of the Penal Code for causing death by negligence which carries a maximum two years' jail sentence or a fine or both.
Meanwhile, Subang Jaya Municipal Council director Dr Roslan Mohamed Hussin said it had started checking residential areas in the township for breeds that were said to be aggressive and dangerous.
“Seven dog breeds, namely Akita, Neapolitan Mastiff, American Bulldog, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro, Japanesa Tosa and American Pit Bull are predisposed to aggressive or dangerous behaviour,” he said.
The council is also enforcing a directive from the Selangor Veterinary Department to ban these “unmanageable or possibly dangerous” breeds.