Stray dogs injure 55 people in eastern Turkey

Published 11.06.2015 14:32

At least 55 people, many of them children, have been attacked by stray dogs in Turkey's eastern Van province within the last 24 hours, official sources told Anadolu Agency on Thursday.

Seven dogs have been put down on suspicion, and samples were sent to the Veterinary Control Institute in eastern Elazig province, Van Provincial Directorate of Food, Agriculture and Livestock said.

The directorate said that 30 people were treated at various hospitals for dog bites Wednesday.

An additional 25 were attacked later, bringing the total to 55 since Wednesday noon, officials said.

The directorate said that victims were given rabies vaccines and discharged after being kept under observation.

The attacks were reported in Bostaniçi, Esenler, Yenimahalle and Şerefiye streets of the province, which has a center population of less than 500,000.

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