Three, including 6-month-old baby girl, bitten by dogs in Kerala
Palakkad: Three persons, including two children, were injured when stray dogs bit them at a village in the district in the latest in a number of such incidents witnessed in the state in the recent days, police said on Saturday.
While a six-month-old baby girl was bitten by a dog as she was being bathed by her mother, a three-year-old boy suffered dog bite injuries in another incident in Kuthambully, a weavers' village, police said.
A 45-year-old man also suffered injuries due to dog bite in the same village, they added.
The stray dog menace in Kerala has come into sharp focus after a 65-year-old woman was mauled to death by a pack of street dogs at the coastal hamlet of Pullivilla near
Thiruvananthapuram on August 19.
Since then, at least seven persons, most of them children, were injured in such dog attacks at different places in the state.
The state government has said it would take measures, including culling violent canines, to tackle the problem. Though Union Minister Maneka Gandhi has slammed the move to cull dogs, the CPI(M)-led LDF government has made it clear that it would go ahead with its proposal.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, in a letter to senior Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan, said the government was not doing anything wrongful as regards the stray dog menace.
Referring to media reports quoting Bhushan that the stray dog attacks in the state was "paid news", the Chief Minister said the remarks were "unjustified".