Sad scenes as woman dies after being bitten by friend’s dog


Three days after a vicious dog bite on the lips, a Rimuka woman has died due to complications occasioned by the mishap.

Susan Muswaire, 45, died at Sarudzai Health Centre on Tuesday morning after her blood pressure and sugar levels shot up in the wake of the dog bite, according to her husband Garikai Maworesa.

She had a history of high blood pressure (BP) and high sugar levels.

“What happened is on Saturday evening she went to ask for her US$20 debt from a householder along Mainge Road.

She was bitten by a guard dog at the house around 6pm before she could be attended to by the debtor. She came back home immediately after that. We could not seek medical attention the following day as we wanted the dog owner to avail its rabbies certificate.

“The owner of the dog did not bother to avail that certificate for his dog. He instead went to Gweshe mining areas,” said her husband Maworesa.

He added: “We managed to have her treated on Monday. Her situation got worse leading to her admission at a local health facility. When l went there yesterday, her condition had gotten worse.”

The dog owner, who was at the deceased’s home where the funeral wake is, said he is still in disbelief over the events unfolding.

“These things are hard for me to believe. She was bitten by my dog on Saturday evening. This happened as she tried to open the perimeter gate through an opening on the gate. As she tried to peep in through that opening that’s when my dog unfortunately bit her on the lips. I can’t come to terms with news that Mai Mamoyo has passed on, especially, soon after the dog bite. I’m devastated,” said the owner only identified as Steady.

Steady looked distraught and pensive.  He told H-Metro that he was a close friend of the family through Susan’s brother Freddy who is now based in South Africa.

“I’m a family friend here and she is my sister. We used to do business here during the forgettable economic crisis days, selling bread as l was employed in the baking industry.” he said.

Limited mourners are gathered at house number 23 Rumumba Street.

— HMetro

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