College students attacked by stray dogs

By Li Jingrong
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A video clip showing a female student being chased and bitten by stray dogs on her campus has prompted authorities of her university to step up efforts to remove strays wandering around campus which pose a threat to student safety, the Beijing News reported on Thursday.

A still from an online video clip shows a female student being chased by stray dogs on the campus of Xiangtan University, Hunan province, on May 1, 2018. [The Beijing News]

In the 40-second video clip, shot at about 9 p.m. on May 1 on the campus of the Xiangtan University, Hunan province, one student is seen being chased by a group of stray dogs. In her panic, she ran in several directions before falling down in the grass.

An announcement posted on the university's official WeChat account on May 3 gave a detailed description of the situation, saying that two female students from the university were chased and bitten by several stray dogs on campus on May 1 and May 2.

One young woman was bitten in the back of the right hand and the waist, while the other was bitten in the right leg. Both were immediately accompanied by teachers to the school hospital to receive treatment for their bites and rabies vaccinations, according to the announcement.

It was also announced that the two students' physical condition is now stable, and they have returned to normal school life.

The Security Department of Xiangtan University said that it has immediately taken a series of emergency measures to deal with the situation, including an all-day security patrol across campus and an issuance of security tips to students.

On May 2, the university authorities held an urgent meeting to address the improvement of the campus environment. They pledged follow-up care to the wounded students and further removal of the stray dogs to prevent the recurrence of similar incidents.

Regarding the large number of stray dogs on campus, an official at the university's publicity department explained that many of the animals were originally adopted pets belonging to students who later abandoned them upon graduating or beginning internships.

In response to the announcement, the official added that, instead of catching and euthanizing the campus dogs, the university authorities will attempt to take more humane approaches, such as sending them to local animal rescue centers.

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