THE increasing number of stray dogs in the Capital City has prompted the Suva City Council to initiate a trapping exercise.
The SCC has teamed up with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for this initiative, a council statement confirmed earlier this week.
"Since this notice shall apply to all areas within the Suva City boundary, residents are advised to ensure that their pets are secured and safe and do not become trapped with the stray dog population of the city," the statement read.
"Due to the surge in stray population becoming problematic to the city community, trapping of strays will now become an ongoing exercise for the city until further notice."
It also explained that dogs, once captured, would be taken straight to the SPCA office in Walu Bay, from where owners may collect them.
He said owners would have to pay for charges levied by the SPAC for the care and medication of the animals.
"All dogs released will be neutered and the costs shall be borne by the owners as well.
"Dogs not claimed within 48 hours shall be put to sleep by the SPCA."