In a tragic incident, a young boy was mauled to death after being attacked by stay dogs in Balijipet in Andhra's Vizianagaram district on Tuesday.
The victim has been identified as R Jaswanth, a Class 3 student of a local government school in the village, and son of an agricultural labourer.
The police said that the incident took place when the boy and his friend were going to the farm where his father was working.
Jaswanth suffered grievous injuries on his neck, face and stomach and was rushed to the nearest hospital. He was declared brought dead, as he succumbed to his injuries on the way.
Although the victim was rushed to the hospital as soon as the attack took place, he succumbed to his multiple injuries on the way.
According to reports, this was the second such incident in the village as stray dogs had killed 10 sheep around ten days ago.
The Balijapeta police shifted the body to Bobbili for post-mortem and a case under Section 174 of CrPC was registered, even as the boy's relatives alleged that the local administration had failed to curb the stray dog menace in the area.
This is also the second death due to stray dogs in the district, as a pack of stray dogs attacked and killed a 46-year-old woman, identified as Venkatapuram Gajalakshmi, at Salur in December.
Just last week, it was reported that the Andhra Pradesh government expressed concern on the rising number of stray dog attacks.
‚ÄúThe only solution to the stray dog menace is sterilisation as the court directed against harming the canines. We have completed 75 percent of sterilisation, the remaining will be done by April. The average life expectancy of dogs is nine years. So the sterilisation will help in controlling the population in the next few years,‚ÄĚ Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister P Narayana was quoted as saying.