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Boy, 6, mauled to death by stray dogs

A family in Kapsimbol village on the border of Elgeyo Marakwet and Uasin Gishu counties is mourning the death of their six-year-old son who was mauled to death by stray dogs.

Benson Kipchumba, a witness, said he was passing by when he saw the dogs and decided to move closer to check what they were eating, only for him to find them all over the boy.

He tried to rescue the child but the dogs were too wild forcing him to seek help from the area residents.

“Together with neighbours, we managed to rescue the boy and I borrowed a motorcycle and rushed him to Iten County Referral Hospital, but he was pronounced dead on arrival,” he said.

The minor, according to Kipchumba, had been sent home for school fees at around 8.30am before he met his death.

DISTRAUGHT

His father Robert Kibet, who followed his son to Iten was too distraught to speak and had to undergo counselling to help him come to terms with the tragedy.

The minor’s uncle, Frederick Kiptum, called on the authorities to ensure that such dogs are baited to prevent such an incident in future.

Keiyo North sub county veterinary officer Dr. Roselyne Bundotich called on the residents to report such dogs to the authority so that they can be baited, saying they had not received any such report in their office.

She said although the incident happened in the Uasin Gishu side of the border, they would have partnered with their counterparts to undertake the exercise, terming the death of the boy as unfortunate.