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WII experts say feral dogs behind attacks: Sitapur DM

“Experts from the WII, which is a Dehradun-based government premier institute for wildlife studies, and Humane Society of India have confirmed that feral dogs are responsible for the attacks.”

lucknow Updated: May 18, 2018 11:51 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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Though villagers and the district administration had held that feral dogs were responsible for these attacks, many Lucknow-based animal activists claimed that wild animals were attacking humans.(HT Photo)

Sitapur district magistrate Sheetal Verma said on Thursday that experts from Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and Humane Society of India had confirmed that feral dogs, not wild animals like wolves, were behind the attacks on children in the districts.

“Experts from the WII, which is a Dehradun-based government premier institute for wildlife studies, and Humane Society of India have confirmed that feral dogs are responsible for the attacks,” said Verma.

Though villagers and the district administration had held that feral dogs were responsible for these attacks, many Lucknow-based animal activists claimed that wild animals were attacking humans. However, these groups failed to provide any conclusive scientific evidence in support of their claim.

Meanwhile, the district administration has taken measures to control dog population in the affected areas. “We have established an animal birth control clinic for dogs in Sitapur where canines from these areas are being sterilised,” said the DM, adding that the district administration was not facilitating any killings of dogs.

We have also urged residents in the affected areas not to kill any dogs and cooperate with the administrative machinery to mitigate this problem,” she added.

A total of 164 district officials had also been deployed in the affected areas to spread awareness about feral dogs and ways to protect children from such attacks, in which seven children have been killed this month itself.

Verma also issued a helpline number where residents could report feral dog sightings.

First Published: May 18, 2018 11:51 IST