Stray dogs bite five in Bagalakunte

Residents enraged at BBMPs failure to contain canine menace

The dogs bit 12-year-old Avinash on his leg and hand on Tuesday afternoon. The next targets were five-year-old Prajwal, three-year-old Ravi Teja and 40-year-old Rathnamma.

On Wednesday morning, the strays bit a 55-year-old man, Shivaramaiah, when he was on his way to work.

On receiving information, the Animal Husbandry Department of the Palike swung into action and rounded up 20 stray dogs.

Three more dogs, which the BBMP officials claimed had bitten the people, too were rounded up. Though none of the 20 strays caught earlier were found to be rabid, the three dogs caught later were kept under observation.

The BBMP officials sterilised 20 dogs at the Dasarahalli Animal Birth Control (ABC) Unit and administered anti-rabies vaccine to them.

Enraged by the dog menace, Mallappa, a resident of Bagalakunte, said the canine trouble was increasing by the day, while the department concerned was doing very little to contain the problem.

No anti-rabies vaccine at PHC

The incident threw light on the poor state of affairs at the Mallasandra primary health centre (PHC). When Avinash and Shivaramaiah were taken to the PHC, the doctors referred them to the district hospital, as the PHC lacked anti-rabies vaccine. All that the doctor at the PHC did was administer tetanus injection to them. None were administered anti-rabies vaccine till the Joint Director of BBMP’s Animal Husbandry Department, Dr Perviz Ahmad Piran, arranged for the vaccine through the district health officer. Dr Piran said no one was seriously injured in the incident. However, the Palike will take all necessary steps to ensure their speedy recovery.

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