Dog control campaign conducted in Yasawa

Spaying practitioners at Kese Village in Naviti, Yasawa. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE dog population in the district of Naviti in Yasawa will now be under control following a spaying and neutering exercise recently conducted at Kese Village.

The Ministry of agriculture together with Charles Stuart University, Fiji National University, and Vinaka Fiji Yasawa Trust Foundation collaborated to bring the dog population under control through the spaying and neutering exercise.

Vinaka Fiji general manager Elenoa Nimacere said in a statement issued today that the introduction of the program, though new to the villagers, was beneficial for the district.

“The control of the dog population came up during the tikina (district) meetings and was requested by the village headmen as the concern on the number of dogs in the tikina that bit children and visitors and sickly villagers kept increasing,” Ms Nimacere said.

“With that, the Ministry of Agriculture informed us of the clinic as no one has helped Yasawa in terms of providing care for dogs and how they are looked after as well as maintaining and controlling their population,” she added.

Charles Sturt University Veterinary Doctor Julie Ramsay said this was a continuous practice of the past clinics held in Fiji.

“We have been performing this clinic for the past few years and the aim of the clinic here in Naviti is to not only sterilise dogs but also to increase the health and well-being of the dogs because healthy dogs make for healthier people,” Dr Ramsy said.

Meanwhile, a similar spaying and neutering of dogs and cats will be held in Suva this week.

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