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Nationwide awareness

Salaseini Moceiwai
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

THE Department of Animal Health and Production plans to hold a national awareness program aimed at managing the country's dog population.

The initiative is part of efforts to control the increasing number of stray and feral dogs nationwide.

Department director Tomasi Tunabuna yesterday said they were trying to design a system that would help people handle the problem.

"The focus now is to educate the people," Mr Tunabuna said.

"While it's illegal to poison dogs, in cases where these animals pose a threat to human lives, people can kill or inject them.

"We continue to receive complaints about wild and stray dogs and now, we're trying to put in appropriate measures to control the number of these animals."

Mr Tunabuna said the onus was on every individual to decide what was best for them.

"It's always best for us to decide properly what we want.

"Some people own dogs for security reasons and some want them for companionship.

"But now, some of these dogs wander around towns and cities while others run rampant in the forests posing a threat to human lives."


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