KOTA KINABALU: A four-year-old boy survived an attack by a pack of stray dogs after a couple came to his rescue in Sabah’s northern Pitas district.
In the incident at Jalan Mampakad Laut at 6.05am on Wednesday (June 7), the boy suffered multiple bites and scratches all over his body and head.
It is learnt the pair of husband and wife were on their way to Dataran Bengkoka in Pitas town on a motorcycle when they noticed a pack of six to seven dogs clustering around something on the ground and biting it.
After stopping the motorcycle, a source said, the woman was shocked to see a shirtless boy lying on the ground.
“She then called out to her husband to chase away the dogs and retrieve the boy to be sent to the Pitas Hospital,” said the source.
It is understood that the boy’s mother had earlier gone out from the house on foot to work but she did not realise her son had trailed behind her.
“The mother had left the boy under the care of his grandmother.
“The distance from their house to her place of work was about 300m,” said the source, adding the boy was attacked some 100m from the house.
Kota Marudu OCPD Supt Zairolnizal Ishak confirmed the case when contacted on Thursday (June 8).
He said the boy was reported to be in stable condition but was still under observation.
The boy, he added, has since been referred to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Likas here for further treatment.