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Eight-Week Campaign Traps 433 Dogs

Lautoka City Council Chief Executive Officer Jone Nakauvadra said the predicament was worsened by the fact that there were stray dogs everywhere.
04 Aug 2019 13:46
Eight-Week Campaign Traps 433 Dogs
Stray dogs roaming around Lautoka city. Photo: Salote Qalubau

More than 430 stray dogs have been captured in Fiji’s two main cities in the eight-week campaign initiated by the Ministry of Agriculture and municipal councils.

While there is no word from Suva City Council officials, their counterparts in Lautoka plan to extend the campaign for another week because they continue to receive complaints regarding stray dogs.

Lautoka City Council Chief Executive Officer Jone Nakauvadra said the predicament was worsened by the fact that there were stray dogs everywhere.

“It is a very big problem because there are more stray dogs in the urban areas than rural,” he said

A total of 248 stray dogs were initially captured earlier in July during the first four weeks of the 8-week intensive Stray Dog Control Campaign.

Meanwhile, the Suva City Council trapped 185 dogs in their campaign with the Ministry of Agriculture from June 21 to date.

A Suva City Council official said they were striving to make the city safe from roaming dog populations.

“SCC trapping is actively ongoing two days a week, but has been affected lately because of the weather,” he said.

“Apart from trapping we conducted neutering clinics twice this year for Suva City ratepayers where a total of 118 dogs were desexed. This is a medium to long-term sustainable strategy to control the stray dog population.”

The Suva City Council official said they could only achieve their objective of providing safety from the stray dog populations if residents were responsible dog owners.

Meanwhile, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Clinic and Shelter Manager, Shaneel Narayan said they had managed to rehome some of the stray dogs.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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