In a distressing incident caught on CCTV camera, a woman was attacked by at least five street dogs as she walked down MS Ramaiah Hospital road in Bengaluru on Monday.
The woman can be seen walking on the road and hesitating as she sees two dogs running towards her. The two canines are quite aggressive and begin pulling on her salwar, apparently without any provocation, causing her to lose balance and fall down.
After she falls, three more dogs come running in her direction, surround her, and one dog is seen biting and pulling at her leg. The woman tries to resist, and after a few moments, the dogs run away.
While it is not clear what time of the day the woman was attacked, in another incident the same day at 7am, around 10 dogs charged at a man walking on the same road.
The CCTV footage shows the man backing away into a row of parked vehicles to escape the menacing dogs. It appears that he topples over on one of the parked bikes and the dogs retreat.
While the man seems to have escaped without any injuries, the woman is seen to have sustained bite marks on her leg and she was taken to hospital for treatment.
Residents of Radhakrishna Temple ward have complained that they have been facing frequent unprovoked attacks from a pack of dogs of late.
The Hindu reported that although the residents have complained to the local corporator about the stray dog menace, no action has been taken by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).
However, the councillor M Anand denied receiving any complaint.
The rogue dogs were reportedly captured by Sarvodaya Sevabhavi Samstha on Thursday along with nine other non-neutered dogs.
Priya Chetty, a civic and animal welfare activist, said, ‚ÄúThe West Zone is completely undermanned and has no ABC (animal birth control) centre and many intact (non-neutered) dogs. We should all speak in one voice calling for action on part of the authorities."
However, Chetty warned of an anti-street dog mentality among people.
‚ÄúThis is a classic reason why we have been pushing the ABC program so aggressively with Harini Raghavan driving the data and detailing. This situation is delicate and can explode so let's redouble work on ABC and ARV (antiretroviral drugs). We should also collectively be very circumspect in our conversation and communication, so we neither alienate the public concerned nor get drawn to respond,‚ÄĚ she said.
‚ÄúThis is a tough situation but let's take the challenge to respond in the most compassionate way possible,‚ÄĚ she added.
This is not the first time that stray dogs have turned aggressive and attacked people. In April, a two-year-old girl was killed by a pack of dogs in Tattanahalli.
According to reports, the BBMP has not conducted any ABC programme for last three years in the city, causing the population of street dogs to rise manifold. A few NGOs which have been running ABC programs on BBMP's sanction also complain about not receiving timely payments.