Sitapur (Uttar Pradesh): Some villages in Sitapur district of Uttar Pradesh are under the thrall of ferocious stray dogs for the past few weeks. Many children, it has been reported, have been mauled to death by the dogs. Reports speak of at least six deaths due to dog attacks and attendance in schools is said to be fallen due to the fear.
The police are using drones and night vision cameras to monitor the activities of the dogs. Not only this, considering the seriousness of the problem, the administration has ‘encountered’ several dogs. The collector has put together five teams to neutralise stray dogs. However, some pet dogs have also unintended victims of the drive. At the same time, villagers have also spoken about attacks by jackals and wolves.
Not clear if dogs are killers
Dr RP Yadav, chief vet of Sitapur, said that no dogs infected with rabies have been found in the affected areas of the district. It is not certain whether the dogs are killing children because the villagers have also spoken about attacks by wolfs and jackals, he said. On the other hand, Dr. Shilpi Chaudhary of Aasra Foundation, an animal welfare organisation, alleged that dogs are being buried without postmortem, which is wrong.