A four-year-old boy, who was mauled by a pack of stray dogs while playing outside his home in Jagannath Colony area of Puri at around 10 am Thursday, died on way to hospital. Recalling the incident, Kanak Rout, mother of four-year-old Kanha, said, “He asked me for permission to fly kites. I was cooking and asked him to go to my sister. I found him lying unconscious when I went to look for him later. A few dogs were mauling him.”
The child’s aunt, Kaincha Swain, said, “He was with me and suddenly disappeared. A few minutes later I could hear his screams and found five-six dogs around him. While one was mauling his leg, another was attacking his hand. Two others were mauling his head. Another was on his neck.”
The dogs escaped when locals gathered on the spot. Kanha was declared brought dead at the Puri headquarters hospital. Jayant Sarangi, Puri Municipality Chairman, said the sterilisation of dogs would start soon.