Stray dogs suspected of killing a homeless man
An unidentified homeless woman is believed to have been killed and partly eaten by a pack of stray dogs near Talaghattapura, on the outskirts of town, on Friday. The mutilated body was discovered by residents in the wee hours of Saturday.
Residents told police they saw the woman being stalked by a pack of dogs around 9:30 p.m. Friday. They chased the dogs. A few hours later, his body was discovered.
“The woman, estimated to be around 60, was very fragile and weak. She was homeless. She was probably sleeping near a building under construction. She has not yet been identified, ”said a senior police official. “The dogs seem to have bitten her in several places, killed her, and ate parts of her body.”
There are piles of garbage in vacant sites nearby which attract dogs. Police suspect they may have starved to death due to the lockdown, leading them to behave aggressively.
Dr Parviz Ahmed Piran, CEO of the Veterinary Society for Animal Welfare and Rural Development, and former deputy director of breeding at BBMP, said dogs are generally driven to behave as aggressively as when they are facing famine.
“Unlike last year, the current lockdown is not complete. Hotels and bakeries are open in the morning. Stray dogs may have suffered from partial hunger. In my experience, many cases are attributed to stray dog attacks when there may be other reasons including foul play. The body must be subjected to a forensic examination. The police should conduct an investigation to establish the sequence of events, ”he said.