Animal lovers protest dog killings in Sitapur

Updated on May 10, 2018 01:16 PM IST
Some dog  lovers assembled at Lohia Park open auditorium in Lucknow to discuss the alleged killing of dogs in Sitapur by angry villagers following the deaths of kids in the area.
Packs of dogs are responsible for the attacks, which led to the death of six children and injuries to dozens of others in Sitapur.(HT)
Packs of dogs are responsible for the attacks, which led to the death of six children and injuries to dozens of others in Sitapur.(HT)
Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By, Lucknow

Some dog  lovers assembled at Lohia Park open auditorium in Lucknow on Wednesday to discuss the alleged killing of dogs in Sitapur by angry villagers following the deaths of kids in the area. Around 20 animal lovers who assembled there said that dogs were hanged, beaten to death and hacked by group of goons. They were being killed while sleeping or even while playing with children.

Twelve children between 7 and 13 years of age have been killed in Sitapur since November last year, according to the district Administration. Six of these killings occurred last week. (HT )
Twelve children between 7 and 13 years of age have been killed in Sitapur since November last year, according to the district Administration. Six of these killings occurred last week. (HT )

They called on the people to protect the dogs, who were the only ones standing between the attacking pack and the children. “The creatures cannot speak but their lives are as precious as ours,” said Kamna Pandey, animal rights activist.

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The issue has also flared up on social media, with various animal right activists running a campaign, blaming the district administration and media for substituting facts. The activists have made unverified claims that hyenas or other wild animals are behind the attacks instead of dogs.

The Sitapur District administration has refuted such claims and invited such organisations to see the efforts being made to control the attacks in the district.

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    Anupam Srivastava is a Special Correspondent with Hindustan Times, Lucknow. Has produced exclusive stories in medical, civil aviation, civic, political and other issues for over 20 years.

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