Mpilo Central Hospital Clinical Director Dr Solwayo Ngwenya told The Chronicle that eight victims, both men and boys were admitted at the institution after allegedly being bitten by police dogs in Mzilikazi and Entumbane suburbs in Bulawayo where officers were patrolling on Saturday and Sunday.
Said Dr Ngwenya:
There were eight males who were brought to the hospital on New Year’s Day after they claimed to have been bitten by police dogs. Four of them were treated and discharged on the same day while the other four were admitted and discharged yesterday. These are cases that could have been avoided if members of the public restrained themselves. We also call on the police to use minimum force in dealing with members of the public. Dogs can be very dangerous with some of their bites affecting vital organs that can result in someone’s death.
The Chronicle yesterday could not ascertain what led to the police setting the dogs on civilians leaving them wounded.