Bengaluru: Mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun had first-hand experience of the stray dog menace in the city on Wednesday when she was visiting a school in Austin Town. The half-hour visit ended with officials from animal husbandry trying to nab the stray dogs.

The mayor was visiting the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP)-run school following reports that a four-year-old girl had been attacked by a stray dog in the area last week.

One of the dogs began running towards the mayor to take shelter under her car when the officials attempted to catch the strays.

It took five minutes for three dogcatchers to nab the dog. Reports said that the mayor was scared when she tried to get into her car after the school inspection.

According to a news report, Dr Shashi Kumar, the in-charge joint director of animal husbandry said that there were more than 20 dogs on the campus and these dogs posed a threat to the school children.

The mayor directed the officials to remove the dogs immediately.

While the team caught seven dogs, many escaped. It was confirmed later that the dogs had been vaccinated under the Animal Birth Control programme.

The mayor also visited the girl who was attacked by a stray dog outside her house in Neelasandra last Saturday. The child was administered 15 injections by a private hospital in the area. The mayor assured the girl’s mother that she will take care of the child’s medical care expenses.