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Stray Dogs Scare Indian Investor

Jatinder Singh arrived in the country a little over a month ago for agricultural development and sugar cane research.
22 Jun 2019 16:39
Stray Dogs Scare Indian Investor
A pack of stray dogs gather on Rewa Street on June 18, 2019. Photo: Sydnee Gonzalez

An Indian resident intending to set up a business in the country says he is having second thoughts now because he is scared of stray dogs.

Jatinder Singh arrived in the country a little over a month ago for agricultural development and sugar cane research.

Mr Singh, who lives at Naranji Street in Tamavua, Suva, said he was chased by stray dogs during his morning walk one day and was lucky that he was not bitten.

“Since then, I have stopped walking in the area, even though I want to. Fiji is a beautiful place but stray dogs are a menace,” he said.

“There are stray dogs everywhere and I just can’t venture out. I’m so scared of stray dogs because I was chased by about five of them while walking along the Queens Road once.

“I have also travelled to Lautoka a few times to meet farmers in the Western Division and stray dogs could be seen everywhere, even roaming in the villages.

“The population of stray dogs will increase 10 times every year if not checked because their birth rate is such. Imagine their numbers five years from now if stringent measures are not taken by the Government.

“I wanted to set up business and live here in Fiji, but to be honest, I’m rethinking now because of stray dogs,” said Mr Singh, who contacted the Fiji Sun to express his concern on the issue.

Anil Kishore of Olosara in Sigatoka said people were scared to go for a walk around the seaside because of the number of stray dogs there.

“I counted 29 dogs and it seems that some of them have owners who are just not keeping them properly and they also don’t respond to complaints by residents,” he said.

Mr Singh said the matter was reported to Sigatoka Town Council, but nothing had been done to address the problem.

The Ministry of Agriculture, with other stakeholders, are carrying out an intensive eight-week campaign to trap stray dogs in towns and cities.

It started after reports, which were highlighted by this newspaper, of stray dogs attacking and biting children and adults in various parts of the country.

Edited by Percy Kean

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