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Dogs attack, slaughter sheep

Felix Chaudhary
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Rakiraki farmer has reported the slaughter of his sheep by wild dogs over the weekend.

Prem Chand, a businessman and livestock farmer in Saivou, said witnesses saw the dogs attacking his sheep yesterday and reported the matter to Rakiraki police.

"I was on my way to Suva when I received a call that dogs and attacked and killed some of my sheep. I rushed back to the farm and found two sheep wounded, one dead and seven missing," he said.

Mr Chand said witnesses reported that the dogs involved were from a neighbouring area.

"It is in the hands of police at the moment. They came and took statements and photographs of the dead and injured sheep and are looking into the matter," Mr Chand said.

Rakiraki police confirmed they were investigating the incident.

Meanwhile, Jagdish Prasad, a sheep farmer in Tavua also said he has lost most of his sheep to dog attacks and was working on a petition to the Agriculture Department regarding the problem.

"The biggest problem is residences and farms with too many dogs that aren't licensed. When the attacks happen, we don't know which dogs are responsible because almost all the dogs in the area are not licensed.

"Because this issue has forced farmers like myself and Prem Chand to lose valuable livestock, I am preparing a petition to the Commissioner Western and Agriculture Department to begin a dog trapping or culling program in Tavua and Rakiraki," he said.

Permanent secretary for Agriculture Colonel Mason Smith said his department would look into the issue before deciding on a course of action.





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