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Kerala: 65-year-old mauled by stray dogs

The victim, Shiluvamma, was mauled by about 50 stray dogs when she went to the Chembakaraman Thura seashore in the evening, police said.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram |
Updated: August 21, 2016 2:23:12 am

A 65-year-old woman was mauled to death and partly eaten by a pack of stray dogs at Pulluvila on Friday evening.

The victim, Shiluvamma, was mauled by about 50 stray dogs when she went to the Chembakaraman Thura seashore in the evening, police said. When she did not return home, her son Selvaraj went to look for her at the seashore, where he saw his mother being eaten by the dogs.

The dogs had eaten the woman’s limbs, and then turned to attack Selvaraj, who jumped into the sea to save himself, police said. Locals rushed to the spot and chased away the dogs. Shiluvamma died on her way to the hospital.

Local Administration Minister K T Jaleel said the government would adopt strong measures to check the stray dog menace. Local governing bodies should implement animal birth control programme to bring down the stray dog population, he said.

A Supreme Court-appointed panel had earlier this month reported that over one lakh people had been bitten by dogs in 2015.

Earlier, dog lovers had locked horns with people who backed culling of stray dogs, a move seen as cruelty towards animals.

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