Opinion

Stray Dogs Now A Potential National Crisis That Needs Urgent Attention

When Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama expresses his deep concern it must be taken seriously. It is indeed serious because many victims are suffering in silence
17 Jun 2019 12:52
Stray Dogs Now A Potential National Crisis That Needs Urgent Attention
Stray Dogs

Opinion:

Many victims of stray dog attacks are suffering in silence.

This is potentially a national crisis because they are not speaking out.

The danger is that people will accept stray dog attacks as part of the norm when they keep quiet about them.

For example, there was this woman yesterday who had to leave church early to take her mother to the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in a taxi.

The mother was waiting for a bus at lower Ragg Avenue in Tamavua, Suva, when she was attacked and bitten by what was believed to be a stray dog.

It was an unprovoked attack. But the victim had to go to the hospital because the wound had become infected.

The family, still shocked by the attack, did not know where to go to lodge its complaint.

First and foremost in its mind was the health and emotional wellbeing of the victim.

How many of these victims and their families are suffering after dog attacks?

It’s fortunate that no one has been killed.

The stray dog problem is symptomatic of the laid-back kind of attitude found in many of our communities in that this is not a new issue.

It’s good that the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has spoken out and said Government would act to deal with the problem.

Honestly, do we have to wait for Mr Bainimarama’s intervention to act on an issue that has been there for a long time?

I am told that relevant authorities had been notified in the past but little or nothing was done.

If the Fiji Sun had not reported on the terrible attack on two-year-old Amari Whippy, we may have still carried on as normal and the authorities would have still sat on their hands.

Let’s hope that Mr Bainimarama’s caring response will spur the relevant authorities to act and make our streets and neighbourhoods safe to walk day and night.

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