Residents panicked believing the same dog had attacked all the children
Yunus has suffered severe injuries on his hand Residents blame meat shops for dumping waste in the area
MYSORE: A stray dog went on a biting spree and attacked four children in Sunnadakeri in the city on Saturday creating panic in the locality.
The incident, which comes close on the heels of a child being mauled to death by dogs in Bangalore, sent shock waves among residents who assembled in front of the private nursing home where the children were being treated and sought immediate intervention of the health authorities.
The victims of the dog bite are: Yunus (7), Preethu (4), Manoj (8) and Nanjundaswamy (12). While Yunus was attacked at around 11 a.m., the other three were reportedly bitten late in the evening.
Initially, residents of Sunndakeri imagined Yunus' case to be an "isolated incident" but when three more children reported dog bites, they panicked as it was said the same dog had attacked all four children.
A mob armed itself with lathis and sticks and went after the dog believed to have bitten the children.
While Yunus suffered severe injuries on his hand, eyewitness said Preethu was dragged for some distance by the dog before being rescued by onlookers.
The local residents ire was directed at the Mysore City Corporation health officials who were accused of dereliction of duty. The corporation health officer Nagaraj reached the spot with a dog squad and promised to end the menace.
Residents of Sunnadakeri complained that meat shops dumped animal and chicken waste on the streets despite repeated complaints and the corporation did nothing to clear them.
Jogi Manju, a resident, said there were six meat stalls in the locality and all of them invariably dumped the wastes on which the stray dogs fed.
He said children played on the same road and the dogs tended to become ferocious feeling threatened that their food would be snatched.
Local area MLA M.K. Somashekar rushed to the spot on receiving the information and made arrangements for the treatment of the victims.
However, the public threatened to stage a "rasta roko" on the Narayan Shastry Road if their grievances were not redressed.
Mr. Somashekar said he would instruct the corporation to close all meat shops in the area till the waste was removed .
Meanwhile, Nanjappa (23) was attacked by a stray dog at Sakkalli and has been admitted to the hospital.
D. Made Gowda, MLC, had raised the issue at a review meeting of the corporation held on Saturday .