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Stray dogs kill 67 sheep in Dooru

risingkashmir.com, 30.04.2015

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      Stray dogs kill 67 sheep in Dooru
     In a horrific attack, street dogs reportedly killed 67 sheep and injured 100 others in Mehmoodabad village of Dooru Shahabad during the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday.
      Reports say that during intervening night of April 28-29, more than 30 dogs have entered into a sheep shed where almost 200 sheep were kept tied by shepherd Mohammad Yousuf Chopaan, who was raising the cattle since past one month.
      Wildlife warden district Anantnag Mohammad Maqbool Baba told Rising Kashmir that the department after sending its team for survey found that the cattle were not attacked by wild animal but by stray dogs.
      It is an unfortunate and vicious attack by stray dogs, which are found hundreds in number in the locality of Mehmoodabad, a village in Dooru tehsil of Anantnag district. Our team was there for 24 hours for surveillance and they didnt find any clue of wild animal attack. What they saw were only dogs all around the locality, he said.
      Locals had asserted that the mass killing was done by leopard; however, wildlife officials denied the claim and said no foot impressions of wild animals were found on and around the spot.
      The most important thing is that leopard does not attack the way it was carried on the cattle. Leopard would have attacked hardly two to three sheep and that too on their throat. The injury found on the carcasses of sheep was totally different. The bite marks were of dogs but still we have to wait for postmortem report, Baba said.
      A survey team led by Range officer Ghulam Hassan confirmed that all the clues found on spot revealed that the attack was done by dogs.
      We got many hints during investigation that confirmed the mass killing by stray dogs. But it is immature to say it before the postmortem report. We are sure that the report would confirm dog attack, he said.
      The sheep were tied up in a shed of Habib-ul-lah Bhat son of Abdul Aziz in Mehmoodabad which comes under the jurisdiction of Police Station Dooru, Anantnag.
      Shepherd Mohammad Yusuf Chopan and his brother Showket Ahmed Chopan have been raising sheep of locals of district Anantnag for years. Both of them would rear sheep six months in Wadhwan Valley and for rest of six months they would bring them back to the villages.
      Officials say most of the sheep were suffocated out of fear, while others were trampled to death as they piled on each other while trying to escape the dogs. Around 30 were badly bitten.
      Roughly 30 dogs were spotted by the investigation team of wildlife authorities the next day who, according to them, are suspected culprits.
      Each sheep is roughly valued at Rs 10,000 to Rs 12,000 when it comes to loss compensation. That means the loss is on the scale of Rs 7 lakh approximately.
      Moreover, there are many areas in Kashmir including Sopore, Srinagar, Handwara, Kulgam etc where dog attack on humans have been reported in past few years.
      To check the menace of dog attacks, state Legislative Assembly in its recently concluded session accepted a private members bill. The bill titled Jammu and Kashmir Curbing the menace of stray dogs bill, 2015? was introduced by independent MLA Engineer Rashid who said that stray dogs have wreaked havoc in several parts of the state. The bill was accepted after the Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Basharat Bukhari asked government to allow the bill to debate.
      The bill states that the government should make every effort to curb and check the population of stray dogs without any failure and should make use of scientific technology to control such a menace.
      The authorities of Municipal corporation and the municipal committee besides the members of Panchayati Raj institutions should be allowed to assign the job of restricting the population of most dangerous stray dogs, the bill states. The bill also has a provision to pay compensation to the victims of dogs.


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