Wednesday, August 5, 2015

NEW DELHI INDIA - A PACK OF STRAY DOGS KILLED A 7-YEAR-OLD BOY AS HE WAS PLAYING WITH FRIENDS

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NEW DELHI: A pack of stray dogs bit a seven-year-old boy to death after he accidentally fell on one of them while playing at a graveyard near his house in the Okhla area of southwest Delhi on Tuesday afternoon. 

Police said the boy, Mamun, was atop a mound of sand with his friends when he tripped and rolled down on a dog. The startled animal started barking at him, attracting other dogs towards the boy. Before he could get up, one of the dogs had caught him by the neck. 

Mamun's friends said they pelted stones at the pack but the dogs dragged the boy into a pit and bit him on his neck and the back of his head. The boys ran back to call his parents, who rushed to the spot and found the child lying unconscious, in a pool of blood. 

Mamum was the son of a rickshaw-puller, Sabir Ansari. The family live in a slum at Gaffar Manzil colony. After returning from school, he had gone to a graveyard in a wooded area near his house to play with his friends. 

His parents rushed the boy to the Holy Family Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. The shocked family and neighbours staged a protest outside the hospital. The local MLA had to intervene to restore calm. 

Doctors said that a part of the child's neck and head was torn off by the attacking dogs. The body was sent for an autopsy and handed over to the family later in the day. 

Police said a case of negligence has been registered. Ansari said his daughter too was attacked by dogs last month. He said slum residents had complained to the municipal corporation after that incident but no action was taken to sterilize the animals. 

A team from an animal welfare body has now been roped in by the police to watch the behaviour of the dogs that had attacked the boy. 

Animal experts blamed the civic bodies for the rise in canine population. They said the amount of protein available to the dogs was directly proportional to their access to waste. 

"You will notice there are more dogs in areas with solid waste dumps. The solution to the problem shouldn't be symptomatic. Killing the dogs will not help. The solution lies in a thorough sterilization programme and addressing the solid waste problem in every locality," said Gauri Maulekhi, member secretary, People For Animals (PFA). 

She said it was natural for a dog to bite if someone fell on it because the dog sees it as an attack. They become more aggressive if they are getting a lot of protein, for instance, near meat shops. "Sterilizing them will address the aggression problem as it will relax their hormones. The government should look at how the dog population can be controlled," she said.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

One stray dog can be friendly or vicious. But, a pack of strays is nearly always mean.