Two dogs get 'death sentence' for handler's negligence in Karachi's DHA

Aggrieved parties reach a compromise, defendant to tender 'unconditional apology'

Our Correspondent July 09, 2021
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The two German Shepherds that mauled a lawyer in an upscale Karachi neighbourhood last month will be “put down”, according to a compromise agreement reached between the canines’ owner and the victim.

Rights activists call the agreement between Humayun Khan and Mirza Akhtar Ali Advocate preposterous.

Khan’s dogs attacked the lawyer when he was out on a morning walk in the quaint neighbourhood of Khyaban-e-Rahat, DHA Phase VI.

The CCTV footage of the incident that went viral on social media showed the two canines pouncing on Mirza Akhtar and pinning him to the ground as he helplessly tried to defend himself.

WATCH: Man mauled by pet dogs in Karachi’s DHA

It was only after the owner’s son intervened, the dogs spared the lawyer – badly mauled and bleeding.

Mirza Akhtar "agreed for the sake of Allah [to] forgive Humayun Khan", states the agreement – dated July 6 – between the two parties.

"The two dogs involved in the incident will be euthanised/put down by a veterinarian immediately. Any other such dogs that Humayun Khan has, he shall give them away,” states one of the conditions for the compromise.

The agreement between the two parties further states that Humayun will tender an “unconditional apology” to Mirza Akhtar for the "hurt and injury caused to him".

Another condition of the compromise states that the dog owner will register any other canines with the Clifton Cantonment Board (CBC) and not let out any other pet dog onto the street unless they are with a “properly trained handler”, leashed and muzzled.

The final clause of the comprise agreement states that Humayun will donate Rs1 million to ACF Animal Rescue – a local animal shelter.

A local court had earlier reserved its verdict over the bail plea of the dog owner. The case was registered at the Darakhshan police station and Humayun had acquired bail before arrest, while his employees were in police custody.









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