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Fiji PM: Collar Pets, Keep Them Restrained

Mr Bainimarama made the comments on his Facebook post yesterday while wishing two-year-old Amari Whippy, who was bitten by a pack of about eight dogs last Friday, a speedy recovery.
17 Jun 2019 11:51
Fiji PM: Collar Pets, Keep Them Restrained
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has urged all dog owners throughout the country to collar their beloved pets and keep them restrained.

“Do not feed food scraps to stray dogs and always maintain a safe distance; treat them as the wild animals they are,” he said.

“If you are aware of an area that is frequented by a pack of wild dogs, please report it by calling your local municipal authorities.”

Mr Bainimarama made the comments on his Facebook post yesterday while wishing two-year-old Amari Whippy, who was bitten by a pack of about eight dogs last Friday, a speedy recovery.

“When I first heard about the stray dog attack on Amari Whippy, my heart broke,” he wrote.

“No person – let alone a little girl – should suffer through such a terrifying ordeal.

“My prayers are with little Amari and her family as she recovers and those prayers are being met with action.

“Make no mistake, serious steps are already being taken to ensure that no Fijian will be subjected to the mental and physical scars of such an event again.”

Mr Bainimarama said the Ministry of Local Government would work closely with local municipalities, both in Nadi where the attack occurred and throughout the country to remedy the issue by carrying out a campaign to remove any dangerous wild dogs from the communities. “All strays will be treated as humanely as possible, with sheltering and re-homing options to be explored for non-violent dogs,” he said. Amari’s mother Lydia Whippy praised the directive by Mr Bainimarama for authorities to look into the growing problem.

“I definitely feel a sense of relief that something will be done about it,” she said.

“I keep thinking about how my kids can play safely in the vicinity of our fenced compound again without being attacked. Everyone in the community will be safer with this initiative the PM is taking to remove wild dogs.

“I would like to thank him from the bottom of my heart.

“It was a terrifying ordeal that happened so quickly! I do not wish for any parent or child to go through something like this.” Ms Whippy, a dog lover as well, learned that no ill-treatment would be done to the wild dogs in the process.

“I have a dog Lucky who is part of our family. I do not wish for the dogs to be harmed in any way.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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