A four-year-old child was mauled by a stray dog here on Tuesday.
Karthick, son of Sundar, was playing in front of his house at Govindasalai in Orleanpet, when the dog attacked him.
On hearing the child’s cries, passersby chased the dog away. But by then, the dog had bitten him on his head and hand. The child was then rushed to the GH.
AINRC leader and MLA G Nehru paid a visit to the child. He told Express that due to the failure of municipal authorities, the stray dog menace was on the rise.
In an earlier incident, a stray dog had bitten three students of the Government Primary School at Indira Nagar. Congress leader V Arumugam said the dog had entered the school premises and bit the students inside the classroom on Friday. The leader demanded action against the school authorities for failing to ensure the safety of students. In December, a stray dog had bitten 28 people in areas close to Ambalathadayar street and Nehru street.
Sources said the stray dog population has been on the rise in the last few months and the Animal Birth Control programme was not effectively implemented. As per the record of municipality, the stray dog population is estimated to be over 16,000 and over 20,000 cases of dog bites had been reported in 2013-2014 alone. Pondicherry municipality had taken an initiative to control the menace by calling for Expression of Interest (EOI) from animal welfare organisations a few months back.