Sitapur canine horror: 20 dogs trapped, to be released in Pilibhit jungle after sterilisation
Experts from Mathura on Thursday trapped 20 feral dogs from different villages of Khairabad area in Sitapur days after the rouge canines killed three kids and attacked many others.Updated: May 04, 2018 14:00 IST
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Experts from Mathura on Thursday trapped 20 feral dogs from different villages of Khairabad area in Sitapur days after the rouge canines killed three kids and attacked many others.
The dogs will now be sterilised and released in Pilibhit jungle on Friday, said city magistrate of Sitapur Harsh Dev Pandey.
Khairabad area has off late been plagued by dog menace and reports suggested that over 100 dogs in the area have turned rogue and were repeatedly attacking children after the closure of slaughterhouses in the area. The dogs earlier used to feed on remains that slaughterhouses used to dispose of.
As per police records, the feral dogs have killed nine children, including three on Tuesday morning. Locals, however, claimed that at least 15 children were killed by the dogs in the past six months.
“The four-member expert team is working very strategically and has laid multiple traps in the thickets of different villages of Khairabad. So far 20 dogs have been trapped and handed over to municipality staff who are carrying out their sterilisation,” said Pandey while speaking to HT over phone.
One of the experts, Shakeel said the dog menace was gradually increasing in most parts of Uttar Pradesh and they were often summoned to catch the canines.
“We preferred coming to Sitapur as the dog attack are proving fatal in Khairabad,” he said.
Shakeel said authorities should launch statewide drive to sterilise dogs or else this menace would grow manifold.
Sharing some tricks, Shakeel, who is in dog catching profession for the past 18 years, said the special designed trapping cages are laid at strategic locations and thereafter the dogs are lured inside it by placing eatables. He said door of the cage is pulled down as soon as dogs enter into it.
“Although it requires a lot of patience in the entire exercise but it would hardly take 4-5 days to catch most of the dogs in 7-8 kilometres radius area of Khairabad area,” he said.
City magistrate Pandey said he along with sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Sadar Shashank Tripathi and deputy superintendent of police Yogendra Singh along with others carried out combing in the thickets for several hours in the morning. He said the combing and dog catching exercise will be carried out daily to end the menace completely.
First Published: May 04, 2018 14:00 IST