A pack of dogs mauled a 12-year-old girl to death in a village in Sitapur district in Uttar Pradesh taking the toll in attacks by feral hounds in the district to 13 in the past six months. The incident took place in Maheshpur Village under the Khairabad police station.
"A 12-year-old girl identified as Reena died today after being attacked by a pack of dogs," Superintendent of police Anand Kulkarni. This was the seventh such death this month, the police said.
Kulkarni said the administration was tackling the menace and the number of dogs in packs was decreasing.
Meanwhile, in the wake of increasing stray dog attacks, animal rights activists have suggested that the administration should ensure that there is no 'illegal extermination' of the canines as this would worsen the situation in the state.
Gauri Maulekhi, member of the Uttar Pradesh Animal Birth Control Monitoring Committee, has shot off a letter to the state chief secretary to ensure that the local administration "actively" informs the people about the scientific and legal steps that are being taken by the government and "discourage" them from taking law into their hands.
She also said that people should be informed about the scientific and legal steps that are being taken by the government and discouraged from taking law into their hands.
"Ensure that no steps for illegal extermination of dogs is being taken by the district administration or the municipal corporation," she suggested.