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Council traps 400 stray dogs

Litia Vulaidausiga
Thursday, July 03, 2014

MORE than 400 dogs have been trapped and transported to the Vunato dump site by the Lautoka City Council since last December.

Special administrator Praveen Bala said this would be an ongoing exercise to address the large number of stray dogs roaming around Lautoka.

"There's a lot of stray dogs around and we are doing our best," he said.

He said it was unfortunate that dog poisoning was now banned and trapping the dogs was the only way they could decrease their numbers in the municipality.

The trappings take place every night and once the dogs are carted to Vunato, their owners are able to claim them.

Those who are not fetched are put to sleep by the Ministry of Agriculture.

Mr Bala noted there were cases of people being attacked and cited pet owners as irresponsible for not securing their dogs and making an issue when claiming them at Vunato.

"We all love our pets but you have to take care of them and also look after the safety of others," said Mr Bala.

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