In New Delhi, scientists are trying to figure out why a pack of stray dogs in villages near the north Indian town of Sitapur have mysteriously been killing children.
According to the Independent, six children between the ages of five and 12 have been killed by strays and dozens of other children injured in dog attacks terrorizing the town and keeping children indoors and home from school for fear of being hurt of killed. Since November, 12 children have died as a result of dog attacks. Vigilante residents bearing guns and bats have been shooting dogs while city authorities have been netting and capturing the animals.
The World Wildlife Fund and the Indian Veterinary Research Institute have sent teams to study the dangerous issue. Feral dogs are a common sight; some residents regularly feed the strays while other people beat them. A victim’s parent stated the dogs that are attacking are different from the stray dogs commonly seen begging for food. Some villagers blame the problem on an illegal slaughter house in the area recently closed down – now the strays have no more food.
Residents in the area are placing collars on the docile dogs to prevent dog catchers and police from killing them. In the last few days, 24 dogs have been captured, but the dangers are still not over.
(Photo of stray dogs in India killing children screenshot via ndtv)
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