India: Child mauled to death by stray dogs in Hyderabad horror

In a video of the incident caught on a CCTV camera, canines keep mauling the four-year-old as there was no one in sight who could come to his rescue


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Stray dogs attack the boy in Hyderabad In this video grab. — PTI
Stray dogs attack the boy in Hyderabad In this video grab. — PTI

Published: Tue 21 Feb 2023, 11:57 PM

In a shocking incident, a four-year-old child has been mauled to death by stray dogs in Hyderabad, prompting strong public reactions where some even described the menace as ‘terror’. As a video of the child falling prey to the canines has gone viral, Telangana Minister KT Rama Rao termed the incident “unfortunate” and said he was “pained” over the episode while the city civic body assured of steps to prevent recurrence of such attacks.

Many people took to social media and said stray dog attacks have become a menace in many cities and and urged the government to immediately put an end to the issue in the city.

In the video clip that has gone viral, the canines are seen suddenly attacking the boy while tailing him, following which he falls down. He was walking alone.

The unrelenting stray dogs keep mauling him as there was nobody in sight who could come to his rescue.

The child was apparently carrying a packet containing some food item when the dogs pounced on him, a Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) official said.

The incident, which occurred at Amberpet locality on Sunday, was caught on a CCTV camera.

The boy’s father, who works as a security guard at a car service centre, had taken him and his six-year-old daughter to his workplace located in the area.

The victim suffered serious injuries in the attack and was rushed to the hospital by his father and others where he was declared brought dead, the official said.

“I took my son and daughter to my workplace. After some time my daughter came and told me that my son was attacked by street dogs. Then I rushed to the spot. I put my bleeding son on my shoulders and took him to the hospital, but no use. I wish no one faces such a situation,” he said.

The boy’s sister said she saw dogs surrounding her bother and nobody was there to rescue him.

The family hails from Nizamabad district in the state.

Following the incident, a dog-catching drive, which is regularly taken up was also undertaken in the area as per the guidelines and as many as 28 street dogs were caught for sterilisation in the last two days, but most of them were found to be sterilised, the official said adding the dogs were subsequently released.

Reacting to the incident minister Rama Rao said, “it is (an) unfortunate incident…I really felt pained about (it). The street dog menace– we have been trying to tackle in our municipalities across the state. We have created Animal Care Centres, Animal Birth Centres. We regularly conduct birth control operations of street dogs. But when these incidents happen it creates an uproar”.

Rama Rao offered his condolences to the family and said “we will ensure our best is done so that these incidents do not recur. Biological waste disposal also needs to be increased. We will do everything in my capacity so that it does not repeat again. I can’t bring back the child but my sincere condolences to the family”.

GHMC mayor Gadwal Vijayalakshmi told reporters every precaution will be taken to ensure such incidents do not recur.

The issue echoed in the virtual space with many netizens expressing concern over the child’s death.

A twitter user wrote : “This issue is everywhere in Hyderabad. Not sure what the concerned department officials/staff doing to control these stray dogs. @KTRBRS request you to look in to this matter & conduct an enquiry on the department & take action. Very sad to know that 4 yr boy lost his life.”

Another user said: “Terror of stray dogs in several places of Hyderabad. What is your plan to stop stray dogs menace Municipal Development Minister @KTRBRS. Kindly instruct staff to immediately attend all stray dogs menace complaints in the city & state.”

Another user tweeted saying, “4-yr-old boy was killed by stray dogs in Hyderabad. 21 deaths, over 200,000 dog bites in Kerala in 2022” Some users drew the attention of animal welfare organisations and animal lovers to the incident and asked them to consider how dangerous it gets.

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