Intern bit by employer’s dog shares neglectful, gruesome aftermath


Compiled by ELISHA MARY EASTER and C.ARUNO

AN intern was fired after she was bitten by her employer’s dog and claimed that she also had to bear the medical bills, reported Sin Chew Daily.

Wei Le Yi, 20, worked as a graphic designer intern for a home-based advertising agency in Subang since March 25.

On April 22, she was attacked by her employer’s dog at her workplace just before a meeting.

“My employer questioned me when they found out that I was bitten by the dog.

“I said I may have brushed against the dog’s collar (which led to the attack). The owner considered it to be a minor injury and told me to continue to attend the meeting,” Wei said.

When the bleeding on her hand would not stop, Wei’s father took her to a clinic to get it checked.

Wei received three stitches and took a course of antibiotics.

“I took photos (of the wound) and reported my condition to my employer. They claimed that they were willing to bear the RM166 medical cost and asked for my bank details. However, they never fulfilled their promise,” Wei said.

She returned to work two days later, on April 24, but her wound continued to hurt, and she experienced chills.

She was then rushed to the emergency room at a private hospital.

They informed Wei that the bite had caused cellulitis, a bacterial infection of the inner layer of the skin. She had to undergo surgery on April 25 to remove decaying flesh from her wound.

She also received a dose of the rabies vaccine at the hospital.

Wei lost her internship because she had to stay in the hospital for additional treatment.

As a result, she was unable to graduate in time.

Wei claimed that the employer’s online accusations of making a “mountain out of a molehill” of the incident traumatised her.

She finally shared her experience online one month after and agreed to do the interview.

● The above article is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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