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Alleged Poisoning Kills Twenty Dogs In Nadi

“People living around here, who have pets also complained about their dogs being poisoned and laying dead in their compound or on the roadside,” he said.
17 Jan 2020 13:41
Alleged Poisoning Kills Twenty Dogs In Nadi
A picture of Mr Kumar’s dog, Maxi. Photo: Mereleki Nai

Residents of Kerebula community in Nadi are grieving over their dogs that they found dead last Sunday morning.

Two residents claimed their dogs died because of poisoning.

Dog owner and businessman Ramendra Kumar said he treated his pet dog as a family member.

“I was really hurt when I found my dog lying dead on the porch,” he said.

“Maxi was like one of my family members. I bought chicken and sausages every day to feed him.

“He was an active and very clever dog. He knows everything that I taught him to do every day. I really miss that dog.”

Dog owner, Ramendra Kumar points to a place where some dogs were found dead on Sunday morning. Photo: Mereleki Nai

Dog owner, Ramendra Kumar points to a place where some dogs were found dead on Sunday morning. Photo: Mereleki Nai

According to Mr Kumar, some other residents around the area also complained about their dogs which they found dead.

“People living around here, who have pets also complained about their dogs being poisoned and laying dead in their compound or on the roadside,” he said.

“I have reported the matter to the Police.

“We knew a person who did this to protect his ducks and chickens from stray dogs. But why he intended to kill all our dogs in the area is not known.

“It was such a cruel thing to do to these animals that we loved so much.

“We spent part of our income to feed them and take care of them.”

Another resident Di Melania, who owns 10 dogs, said she lost eight of them through poisoning.

“We own 10 dogs because our house is not fenced. People also use the route near our house day and night,” she said.

“There were some robberies around the area and we were so thankful that our dogs were our protectors.

“My son cried over the eight dogs that have been killed.”

The Nadi Police Station confirmed yesterday that investigations into the matter were ongoing.

Edited by Percy Kean

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