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Police warn pet owners

Tevita Vuibau
Saturday, July 05, 2014

POLICE are warning the public to take good care of their pets after a primary school student was struck by a car while fleeing an attacking dog on Wednesday.

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri made the warning saying people could be charged and fined under the law if they did not restrain their dogs.

He said the 12-year-old girl was walking along the footpath when she was chased by a dog at Kalekana outside Lami Town.

He said the girl was treated for her injuries at the CWM Hospital and sent home.

Quoting the legislation, Insp Sokomuri said if a dog on any street, public road or public pathway or in any public place rushed or attacked either a human or other animal and caused injury, the owner of the dog was liable to pay a fine not exceeding $100.

Insp Sokomuri also explained that the owners were liable for any damage or unprovoked injury done by his or her dog.

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