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Sagar Lal: Stray Dogs to be Dealt in a Humane Manner

Sagar Lal’s son, Rynal, was bitten last week in Navosai Road in Nasinu.
19 Jun 2019 10:27
Sagar Lal: Stray Dogs to be Dealt in a Humane Manner
Sagar Lal’s son, Rynal, was bitten last week in Navosai Road in Nasinu.

A man whose 13-year-old son was viciously attacked and injured by a stray dog has called on authorities to adopt humane methods of dealing with the issue.

Sagar Lal’s son, Rynal, was bitten last week in Navosai Road in Nasinu. The attack had left young Rynal with a deep gash on his leg.

Mr Lal said this was very concerning as his son uses the road often.

“I think dog owners need to control their dogs. Tie them if they don’t have fences and not let them out of their compounds,” he said.

“However, what my concern is that I made quite a number of calls to the municipal council concerned but my queries have not been addressed.

“I am against culling of dogs, even stray ones; there are humane methods that should be adopted.”

A five-year-old kindergarten student, Himal Kumar, was also attacked by a dog last Friday. The incident happened in the school yard while he was playing with other children and under the supervision of teachers.

Father, Hemant Kumar said the incident had created a fear in his son.

“The school was quick to react but my worry is that schools should be a safe haven for children, a home away from home,” Mr Kumar said.

“I hope the school management does the right thing and ensures that dogs are not allowed in the school compound.”

After the story of Amari Whippy was highlighted on Saturday, more dog attacks have come to light.

Suva City Council in the last two days have trapped more than 20 dogs and the Nasinu Town Council has been acting on complaints.

Minister for Agriculture Mahendra Reddy said effective stray dog control involves pet owners, local government authorities, animal welfare groups and other stakeholders working together.

An intensive eight week stray dog control programme will be implemented and co-ordinated by the Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government, the Fiji Police Force, local municipalities and animal welfare organisations beginning this week.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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