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Mum Wants to Work With PM to Eradicate Wild Dogs

“I am planning to write a letter to the Prime Minister if nothing will be done about this or I will have to move from that area,”
18 Jun 2019 11:44
Mum Wants to Work With PM to Eradicate Wild Dogs
Two-year-old Amari Whippy with her relieved parents, Lydia Whippy and Billy Singh, on June 17, at the Lautoka Hospital following an attack by stray dogs. Her mother thanked Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama for the well wishes and his promised initiative to deal with the stray dog problem. Words and Photo: Nicolette Chambers.

Lydia Whippy says she wants to work with Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama to eradicate the issue of stray dogs in Nadi.

This was after her two-year-old daughter Amari Whippy was viciously attacked by a pack of stray dogs in their compound at Narewa, Nadi, last Friday.

On June 16 Mr Bainimarama urged all dog owners throughout the country to obtain licences for their pets and keep them restrained.

Ms Whippy said she was content with the PM’s message and would work with him to get rid of the stray dog issue.

“I am planning to write a letter to the Prime Minister if nothing will be done about this or I will have to move from that area,” she said.

“Amari is much better now and walking around since last night (Sunday night) and yesterday (Sunday) was the last time she went into the theatre so they partly stitched the deep wounds.

“We will be here for another three to five days, but I am really happy with the Prime Minister’s statement and I know my kids can go and play freely around the yard again if he does something about it, which is the main thing.”

Ms Whippy said even strangers had been coming into the hospital to check up on Amari.

“I have received calls from people, strangers have come to see her and they are just telling me ‘don’t give up’ so basically I am getting a lot of help,” she added.

“I have left my two girls with relatives because I don’t want them to go and play in the yard and face another issue.”

Ms Whippy said the various municipal councils should immediately look into their stray dog populations to avoid further harm on children.

Meanwhile, Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said investigations into the attack were underway.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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