Campaign to remove wild dogs from our communities

A volunteer feeds dogs at the Sanctuary Fiji in Tavarau, Ba. Picture: SUPPLIED/FILE

PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says no person –– let alone a little girl –– should suffer the way two-year-old Amari Whippy did last Friday when she was viciously attacked by a pack of stray dogs in Narewa, Nadi.

“My prayers are with little Amari and her family as she recovers, and those prayers are being met with action,” he said.

“Make no mistake, serious steps are already being taken to ensure that no Fijian will be subjected to the mental and physical scars of such an event again.

The Ministry of Local Government will be working closely with local municipalities, both in Nadi (where the attack occurred) and throughout the country to remedy this issue by carrying out a campaign to remove any dangerous wild dogs from our communities.

“All strays will be treated as humanely as possible, with sheltering and re-homing options to be explored for non-violent dogs.

“In the meantime, all dog owners throughout the country are urged to collar your beloved pets, and keep them restrained.

“Do not feed food scraps to stray dogs, and always maintain a safe distance; treat them as the wild animals they are.

“If you are aware of an area that is frequented by a pack of wild dogs, please report it by calling your local municipal authorities.”

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