Lucknow: An 11-year-old in Barabanki was attacked by a pack of feral dogs when he took out his goats for grazing on Sunday.
The incident took place in Ambera village under Mohammadpur police station in Barabanki.
The boy saved his life by rushing into a nearby house, but the dogs killed around seven goats.
Speaking to News18, the 11-year-old victim said, “The dogs attacked me when I was grazing my goats, I ran to a nearby house to save myself. I had a stick in my hand which helped me in saving myself, still the dogs bit me badly on the hand. The dogs killed all my goats after attacking me.”
The Gram Pradhan of Ambera village, Daulatram said, “The entire village is shocked by the incident and now people are scared. We don’t know from where these dogs have come here.”
Interestingly, the Barabanki belt is also known for Mango orchards just like the Khairabad (Sitapur) area.
The stray dog menace was till now limited to a particular area in Sitapur district, but it seems it has now reached Barabanki as well.
Wasif Jamshed, a wildlife expert who is looking into the dog menace in Sitapur, said that the dogs who are attacking humans in Sitapur are not the usual stray dogs. He said the dogs might be the ones which were brought to protect mango orchards or farms and might have been let off by the owners for some reason or the other.
Last week, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had instructed his administration to keep a tab on stray dogs. The Chief Minister visited the families of the deceased children in Sitapur and announced ex-gratia amount of Rs 2 lakh for the victims' kin.