BENGALURU: In what is now too familiar a tale, a five-year-old boy was mauled to death by a pack of stray dogs in Bajjegowdanapalya, Soladevanahalli, on the outskirts of Bengaluru city, on Tuesday. Durgesh, the fourth of five children of Mallappa and Mallamma — labourers from Kalaburagi district — succumbed to his injuries around 1.30pm. Mallappa and Mallamma had moved to the city three years ago and were working at a construction site near Soladevanahalli. Mallappa told reporters his son was returning home after purchasing a packet of biscuits when he was attacked. Durgesh had not gone to the local anganwadi on Tuesday because he was ill, Mallappa said.Tuesday’s incident, which occurred outside Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits, triggered anger over local officials’ apathy in handling the stray dog menace. “There are many eateries on the Soladevanahalli to Ajjegowdanapalya stretch,” police quoted locals as saying. “Staff at these eateries throw leftovers on the road and dogs feast on them. Paying guest accommodations in the area also dump food in vacant plots. This is why the stray dog population is increasing. Whenever we try to chase these dogs away, animal activist complain to police against us. Will animal activists bring the boy back to life?”