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Stray Dogs Worry Residents

The Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industry is concerned about the issue of vicious stray dogs roaming the streets. NCCI president Dr Ram Raju said the problem painted a very
06 May 2015 12:35
Stray Dogs Worry Residents
Nadi Town Council health officer Taniela Saturu. Photo: Salote Qalubau

The Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industry is concerned about the issue of vicious stray dogs roaming the streets.

NCCI president Dr Ram Raju said the problem painted a very bad image for the tourism capital of Fiji.

He said: “A good number of visitors had been maimed in the past and it was noted that steps have been taken up by other councils with the help of the Army and this signifies the need to step up operations on trapping stray dogs in Nadi.”

Nadi special administrator Robin Ali said the issue for a new dog pound had been raised with the Ministry of Agriculture.

“The ministry knows it and we have brought it up; it’s a very critical problem especially for our children who risk being attacked in some places and even joggers have been attacked,” Mr Ali said.

He said stray dogs were mostly found in densely populated areas specifically Nakurakura, Votualevu and Martintar.

Nadi Town Council health officer Taniela Saturu said the previous dog pound for the council was destroyed during cyclone Evan in 2012.

“This is actually the responsibility of the Ministry of Agriculture but for the sake of the ratepayers we are doing this to safeguard the people and our streets,” he said.

“We only do dog trapping when finance is available, but the most effective method is dog poisoning where we work with the Ministry of Agriculture.”

He noted that the stray dogs culling during 2006 to 2008 resulted in 40 to 50 dogs being caught each year.

Mr Saturu said from the time the pound was functional back in 2001 till now, despite it being damaged, about 500 to700 dogs were collected,” he said.

“We keep licensed dogs for 24 hours until their owners collect them and others are sent to farms or villages where they are trained for wild pig hunting and for diseased dogs they are sent to the Ministry of Agriculture to be put to sleep.”

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