Rashmi Ranjan

Days after a four-year-old boy was mauled by a pack of stray dogs in Hyderabad, the Odisha government has decided to intensify sterilisation drive of canines through Animal Birth Control (ABC) programme. 

Taking to Twitter, Animal Resources Development Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain wrote, “In wake of recent incidents of aggressive canine behaviour reported in neighbouring states, Govt of Odisha has taken stock of situation & directed concerned officials to be vigilant in averting such incidents by going for increased sterilisation operations through ABC program.”

“Also, anti-rabies vaccine to be administered to sterilised Stray & pet canines. All pet owners are advised to be cautious and hold their pets under leash whenever they are taken outside their homes,” Swain stated.

“In the event of any incident of dog bite either by the Pet or Stray dog, it should be immediately attended by the medical team and steps to be taken by Municipal authorities to restrain the animal for assessment of its health condition. My earlier Tweet should not be misconstrued,” the minister wrote.

“Seeing this horrifying incident at Hyderabad, I have directed respective CDVO's of all 30 districts of #Odisha to be strictly vigilant and remove stray dogs from road. CDVO's have also been instructed to take immediate & proper action regarding this,” the minister had tweeted on 22 February.

Earlier, the video of a stray dog attack had gone viral sending shockwaves among the netizens.

The clip shows canines suddenly attacking the boy while tailing him, following which he is seen falling down.

The child was apparently carrying a packet containing some food items when the dogs pounced on him, as per a Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) official.

The victim suffered serious injuries in the attack and was rushed to the hospital by his father and others where he was declared brought dead.