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42 Strays Trapped, Placed In Animal Shelters

They will conduct a special de-sexing programme organised with Charles Stuart University personnel during week four of an intensive eight-week campaign in selected areas.
21 Jun 2019 13:35
42 Strays Trapped, Placed In Animal Shelters
Stray dogs captured in Lautoka on June 20, 2019. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

A total of 42 dogs have been placed in various dog pounds (animal shelters) in the Western Division.

Ministry of Agriculture officials in the west confirmed this saying they expected the number to increase gradually.

They will conduct a special de-sexing programme organised with Charles Stuart University personnel during week four of an intensive eight-week campaign in selected areas.

A team from this newspaper visited the pound based at Vunato in Lautoka and was impressed with how the trapped animals were sheltered.

The ministry has been working closely with town and city councils in an intensive stray dog campaign starting on Monday.

“The traps are only placed near sidewalks of streets and not in the residential compounds,” the ministry official said.

“The MOA will collaborate with key stakeholders over the next two months, thus public support is crucial.”

The general public is advised to support the work of the ministry in trying to control stray dogs by not tampering with dog traps or releasing trapped dogs.

They are encouraged to contact their nearest agricultural office for assistance in the control of stray dogs for their respective areas.

Members of the public can call 2273 for any further enquiries.

Meanwhile, two-year-old Amari’s mother, Lydia Whippy said her daughter was recovering at home in Nadi.

“I knew I would face some criticism about parental negligence or “where was the nanny?

“What people don’t get is that the dogs were brave enough to enter the compound and attack a child where she normally plays everyday. I was at home and so was my nanny who was just standing by the door.

“It took only 10 seconds for her to look away when it happened and it took me only five seconds to get to her. It could have been worse!

“I don’t really care what people say or think. The important thing is my baby is alive and thanks to the PM, something is being done.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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