Hyderabad: In a brutal incident at Moula Ali, a six-year-old boy was attacked by at least eight stray dogs near his house on Monday night as a result of which he suffered multiple injuries to his head, neck and thighs.
The family of the child, Saqlain Ali, alleged that despite their multiple complaints to the GHMC, the officials they never bothered to take away the stray dogs.
The incident took place on the Moula Ali hill-top under Malkajgiri police limits at about 6.50 pm when the family was busy with iftar.
Locals rushed to the spot when they heard the boy screaming with fear, only to find a group of stray dogs attacking him. They chased away the dogs but the dogs had caused severe bleeding injuries to his head, neck and thighs. They rushed him to Gandhi Hospital for treatment, and his condition is now declared to have stabilised. The boy’s father Shakir Ali said, “The large number of stray dogs in our neighbourhood has become a major cause for concern for us. Despite several complaints to the GHMC, they haven’t bothered taking action.”
Mr Shakir Ali explained said that he and his family and the others in the neighbourhood were breaking their fast his son Saqlain went out to play in the hill-top area. “Some locals rescued my son when they heard him crying for help. A group of dogs had attacked him and dragged him into the bushes and bitten him brutally,” said Mr Shakir Ali.
A GHMC official said they had been attending to complaints regarding dogs and had vaccinated the strays. :The incident that took place at Moula Ali was a result of not cleaning the leftover food, especially meat. The dogs most likely went there in search of food and attacked the boy,” said Dr Srinivas Reddy, in-charge of the veterinary wing (north zone), GHMC.
Another GHMC official said, “A team visited the area on Tuesday and vaccinated the dogs. All four teams of our veterinary wing are fully equipped and functioning, and we've ensured to vaccinate and sterilise the dogs wherever we've received complaints from.”...