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About 15 dogs were killed in the locality

BBMP’s apathy towards stray dog menace criticised

BANGALORE: A four-year-old girl was bitten by a pack of dogs in Deevarajeevanahalli on Monday. Following the incident, the residents, annoyed over BBMP’s apathy towards the menace of stray dogs, killed about 15 dogs in the locality.

According to residents, Aneesha, daughter of Sikandar, a labourer in Race Course, had gone to fetch water from a stream flowing in Idgah Mohalla around noon. This is also a place where waste from the area is dumped. She was attacked by eight dogs. “I saw the dogs surrounding the girl and rushed to the spot with a few of our neighbours,” said Fareed, who stays in a house near the stream.

Aneesha was injured around her ear, thigh and other parts of the body. The residents immediately took her to a nearby hospital. “They administered first aid. As the nursing home lacked infrastructure to treat the girl, we shifted the child to Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital around 6 p.m.,” said Dadapeer, another resident of Deevarajeevanahalli.

Aneesha received about 30 stitches, including a few for the injuries around the ear. She was also administered with anti-rabies vaccine. But doctors expressed their inability to administer Imminoglobin vaccine, to be put on the wounds and also to be administered for building the immunity.

A set of four vials of the vaccine would cost around Rs. 60,000. This vaccine is not available in the stores of the hospital. “We cannot afford to buy such a costly medicine. The doctors have told us that my daughter will be shifted to Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences on Tuesday,” said Sikandar, a native of Bihar.

Reaction

Following the attack on Aneesha, residents of Idgah Mohalla went on a dog-killing spree.

“We have killed about 15 dogs, which were creating nuisance,” said S. Babu, a resident.

“We are fed up with the apathy of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike officials to our complaints about the menace. Despite reporting about similar attacks earlier no action has been taken. The number of dogs has been increasing,” he said.

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