In a gruesome incident, a pack of dogs mauled a 10-year-old girl to death in Andhra's Srikakulam district on Thursday.
The girl, D Spandana, was rushed to a local hospital where she was declared brought dead.
A report in the Times of India adds:
Spandana was on her way to the fields carrying tea for her grandfather around 8 am. The distance from her home to the fields is about half a km, and while she was on her way, about 10 stray dogs pounced on her. Even as a panicked Spandana ran for her life, the dogs chased and began biting her. A few minutes after the incident, some youths noticed the girl lying on the road and the dogs roaming close to her.
The report adds that the locals shooed the dogs away and took the girl to the hospital, where doctors said that she had more than 60 wounds on her body and was declared dead.
This incident reportedly enraged locals, who claimed that the dogs had already attacked a lot of other people and many more of their domesticated animals.
Quoting sources, Deccan Chronicle reported that the Village Revenue Officers (VROs) were supposed to monitor the stray dog population but they had been turning a blind eye towards rural areas lately.
The report also adds:
Locals of Dallipeta said that mostly children and the elderly have been the victims of the stray dogs attacks. Locals also alleged that despite repeated requests, the panchayat officials have remained inactive over the matter and have been citing silly excuses for not sterilising the dogs.