UP seeking scientific solution to dog menace
A similar incident took place in January. This time, the victim was in Khairabad. The local administration downplayed both incidents. But the Yogi government took a serious note when 11 more deaths were reported in the last two months. Now, dogs are being killed one after another in Sitapur.Animal experts are not convinced that all the child deaths resulted from attacks by dogs.
Different witnesses gave different accounts. Some blamed a pack of seven dogs behind the attack that sparked protests. At least 300 villagers blocked traffic on the national highway and demanded action to rein in what they say are feral dogs.
The administration deployed police and multiple animal hunters. In the last two weeks, at least 30 dogs have been killed by the administration, and over 50 others have been sent to the forests. But the incidents never stopped.
Some animal experts rule out dogs as culprits. “Whenever a dog attacks, it targets below the waist. But in all these cases, the animal attacked areas around the neck of the children, which suggests that these attacks were committed by wolves, jackals or hyenas,” said an animal expert in Delhi. The district administration has roped in various agencies to curb the attacks. The CM has ordered a ban on open defecation in 10 of the affected villages.
Experts from the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have also been approached to suggest a scientific solution to the problem.