Fri 7 May, 2004 03:55 pm
Meets the proverbial criterion for news.
May 7, 2004
JOHANNESBURG, May 7 (Reuters) - A man fleeing police in the South African city of Durban bit the dog and police officer ordered to apprehend him, police said on Friday.
"The guy actually bit the dog... He was stupid because those dogs are trained not to let go," Superintendent Danelia Veldhuizen of Durban police told Reuters.
The man ran from a house where he is accused of raping a young mother at knife-point on Thursday. The police dog unit was alerted to give chase. The man is expected to be charged with rape and robbery.
Veldhuizen said the man bit the policeman's finger right through to the bone, but the dog was fine.
Good grief, George. Reminds me of Oliver Goldsmith's "Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog."
Oliver Goldsmith, "An Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog" (1766)
Good people all, of every sort,
Give ear unto my song;
And if you find it wondrous short,
It cannot hold you long.
In Islington there was a man,
Of whom the world might say
That still a godly race he ran,
Whene'er he went to pray.
A kind and gentle heart he had,
To comfort friends and foes;
The naked every day he clad,
When he put on his clothes.
And in that town a dog was found,
As many dogs there be,
Both mongrel, puppy, whelp and hound,
And curs of low degree.
This dog and man at first were friends;
But when a pique began,
The dog, to gain some private ends,
Went mad and bit the man.
Around from all the neighbouring streets
The wondering neighbours ran,
And swore the dog had lost his wits,
To bite so good a man.
The wound it seemed both sore and sad
To every Christian eye;
And while they swore the dog was mad,
They swore the man would die.
But soon a wonder came to light,
That showed the rogues they lied:
The man recovered of the bite,
The dog it was that died.
They better watch that dog for a couple of weeks, wouldn't you say?