Pet dogs who attacked Karachi lawyer sent to care centre

Two pet dogs can be seen in this screengrab from CCTV footage attacking Advocate Mirza Ali Akhtar

KARACHI: The dogs that mauled a lawyer in the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) phase VI five days ago have been sent to pets care and cure centre ‘for safe custody’.

According to a Facebook post, the dogs will be trained and once the legal matters are decided either these will be returned to their owners or will remain in the cure centre.

Meanwhile, a Karachi court on Saturday ordered the police to arrest the owner of two pet dogs. The Additional District and Sessions Judge South issued the directives after rejecting the appeal for pre-arrest bail of the owner, Humayun Khan.

The court said that “it was due to the negligence of the owner that the dogs attacked the lawyer, whose life is now in danger”. The police sprung into action after the court’s order, requesting Federal Investigation Agency to add the owner’s as well as his son’s name to the Exit Control List (ECL).

CCTV footage of the incident showed that Advocate Mirza Ali Akhtar was walking in the Phase 6, Defence Housing Authority neighbourhood, when two dogs darted towards him and tackled him to the ground.

Another man, who appeared to be a caretaker of the dogs, tried hard to separate the animals from Ali but to no avail. The caretaker ran off to find another man and they both then rescued the lawyer from the dogs.

The footage showed the two caretakers left the lawyer injured on the road and took the dogs away. Police registered a case against the dogs’ owner, Humayun Khan, and nominated the two caretakers in the case as well.

CBC instructs residents to get pet dogs registered

It is mandatory for people keeping pet dogs in their houses to register the animals with the Clifton Cantonment Board as per Section 119 of the Cantonment Act, 1924, a notification issued Thursday stated.

In the case of failure, the CBC shall take all necessary actions as per section 119 of the Cantonments Act, 1924 which includes detention or destruction of dogs, imposition of fines, legal action, and remedies under the prevailing laws etc.