A 30-year-old woman in India was brutally mauled and killed by a pack of stray dogs while walking home.

The incident occurred in the Amroha district of Uttar Pradesh on Monday evening. The woman, identified as Nathia, was on her way home with cattle fodder when the dogs attacked her. Nathia lost consciousness by the time people became aware of the attack. She was rushed to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries, Times Now reported.

According to the woman's family, Nathia had critical wounds on her face, stomach and throat. She had been bitten several times all over her body.

This is not the first time stray dogs went after a human in Amroha. Several such attacks were reported in the district last year. Villagers said that the dogs there have become a menace, The Times of India reported.

In December, a pack of stray dogs mauled a 15-year-old girl in front of her house while she went to dispose of the trash. The vicious consecutive attacks have now raised the villagers' concern as the packs mainly attack children. Villagers said that they have pleaded with authorities to catch the strays but no action has been taken, the outlet reported.

After the December attack, the village residents decided to deal with the dogs on their own. Children in the area are allowed to leave the house only under adult supervision.

Stray dog attacks have reportedly increased all over India in recent years. "When stray dogs are allowed to proliferate, they will form packs that tend to turn feral and go back to their wild ways of hunting and so we are likely to witness more human mauling," Diana Bharucha, the founder of Stray Dog Free Bangalore, was quoted as saying by Deccan Chronicle.

Earlier this year, one such attack by stray dogs on a 4-year-old was caught on a security camera. The girl escaped the attack after a good Samaritan ran to her rescue and scared the canines away.

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