Hyderabad: Meera Bai, who works as a washerwoman in Hyderabad is still in a state of shock.
On Wednesday morning Meera left her six-month old baby Ritesh sleeping under a tree near a dhobi ghat in Kulsumpura for a few minutes while she dried some clothes. But when she came back, she found that the baby was missing.
“I found that my boy was missing. Immediately all my family members started searching and then Municipal Corporation workers who found our boy shooed away the dogs and brought us the baby to us,” says Meera.
Meera's son had been seriously injured by stray dogs. She rushed from one hospital to another, but by the time Ritesh could be treated he died.
Municipal Corporation authorities have been quick to shift the blame. They say they have been monitoring the stray dog situation closely, and the fault lies with NGOs and animal rights activists.
“These days we are getting a lot of phone calls from the NGOs. They say that we are catching the stray dogs and killing them inhumanly. I already told them to come forward and take the responsibility of adopting stray dogs. But they haven't come forward so far,” says Chief Veterinary Officer, Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad, Dr P Venkateshwar Reddy.
Municipal authorities have said they're going to take tough measures against stray dogs.
There are more than one lakh strays within the Hyderabad corporation limits, but only 60 dogcatchers.
The police are also investigating possible medical negligence since the boy’s parents had to go to six different hospitals before he was treated.