I don’t know how I survived,” said a Zomato delivery person who was attacked by a pet German Shepherd, who snapped at his crotch in the elevator at Indiabulls Greens Marigold CHS in Panvel on Saturday evening.
The victim, Narendra Periyar, 33, had just stepped out of the elevator when the incident took place. He is currently undergoing treatment at DY Patil Medical College and Hospital in Nerul, the cost of which is being borne by the dog owner.
Periyar, a resident of sector 3 Kalamboli, said, “After making the delivery when I came down, I saw a huge dog. Before I could realize what was happening the dog had attacked me. I somehow managed to free myself and ran toward the parking area while writhing in pain. It was after I was at a safe distance that I realized I was bleeding heavily. Some onlookers took me to MGM Hospital in Kamothe where the doctors stitched the wounds and gave me an anti-rabies injection before discharge.”
“However, the pain got unbearable on Monday. There was also blood in my urine. So, I came and got admitted at DY Patil hospital,” he said, adding that he was doing better. When asked about hospital expenses, he said, “The owner of the dog is taking care of medical expenses. Even they were shocked to see the extent of the injury.”
He added, “This incident has left me scarred. I am terrified of dogs now. My wife, son and parents, who had wanted me to stay back at home on the day of the incident instead of going to work as it was my sister’s birthday, are still in shock.”