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Stray dog shooter injures two boys

Stray dog shooter injures two boys

LAHORE: Two minor boys were injured when a shooter of the public health department tried to shoot a stray dog in Nishter Town on Thursday.

Salman and Muhammad Ali, both residents of Estate Life Colony, were playing in the field when the shooter took aim of a stray dog but hit the boys and injured them. The injured boys were shifted to hospital where their condition was said to be out of danger.

Nishter Colony police said the incident had taken place when the marksman fired at a dog and the gunshots, piercing through the dog, hit the boys. They said no complaint was lodged against the shooter and the matter was settled on the spot.

Meanwhile, the district coordination officer (DCO) took notice of the incident and sought a report from District Officer Public Health Shabbir Ahmad.

Talking to Dawn, Ahmad said that public health officials were carrying out a campaign on the complaints of citizens to shoot stray dogs when the incident took place. He said the boys after hearing gunshots came out of their slum and received minor injuries. He said the boys were given first aid while their families were given compensation money for treatment.

The district officer public health said the shooter was a retired army man and expert in handling guns. He said the teams were directed to use poison to kill dogs in populated areas but they could use guns outside such areas.

Published in Dawn, May 8th, 2015

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