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LTA Probe ‘Hit-And-Run’ Incident In Labasa

Girja Prasad, 70, of Labasa claims he saw how the LTA driver sped and overtook a private car at a junction in Sarwan Singh Street and hit his dog.
19 Jun 2019 11:00
LTA Probe ‘Hit-And-Run’ Incident In Labasa
At Sarwan Singh Street in Labasa where the incident allegedly took place. Photo: Shratika Naidu

The Land Transport Authority is conducting an internal investigation into claims that a LTA-registered vehicle was involved in a hit and run accident in Labasa.

The allegations were posted on social media and has since gone viral. It involved a pet dog that was being taken on its usual walk by its pet owner.

Girja Prasad, 70, of Labasa claims he saw how the LTA driver sped and overtook a private car at a junction in Sarwan Singh Street and hit his dog.

Kupa recovering at his home in Sarwan Singh Street. Photo: Shratika Naidu

Kupa recovering at his home in Sarwan Singh Street. Photo: Shratika Naidu

He is seeking justice for what happened to his pet.

“The private car owner had the courtesy to stop to allow me and the dog to cross but my dog took the lead,” Mr Prasad originally from Nagigi, Labasa said.

“Thank God I didn’t cross the road otherwise the LTA driver would have bumped me.

“How can we entertain such LTA officers who take the law into their own hands?

“After the LTA vehicle hit my dog it stopped at about a 100 metres, the driver got off to check his vehicle and took off,” said the father of five children.

“So many people stood by and saw what he did because my dog yelled out so loud.

“Kupa (pet dog) has been my companion for ten months and we daily go for a walk in the morning and in the evening around 5:30.

“Everyone in the neighbourhood knows he has a dog licence on him and chain and is harmless.”

Mr Prasad who is the vice president of the Fiji Football Association said he took his pet to a veterinarian who gave him an injection and tablet to ease the pain and help him heal his injury.

Animals Fiji Northern outreach manager Brenda Fenton said: “For the year 2019 to date, 22 animals have had to be euthanised or have died at all our Animals Fiji clinics from road traffic accidents.

“This is not including all of the animals we have fixed from road traffic accidents in terms of bone pinning, amputation.

“We urge pet owners to be responsible by having their animals registered with the Ministry of Agriculture and to obtain dog licences for them,” she said.

“While going for a walk, the dog will need to be on a lead and obey basic commands from their owners like ‘stop’, ‘sit’ and ‘stay’.”

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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