200-plus stray dogs captured in four weeks

Stray dogs control campaign saw a total of 682 stray dogs captured during the eight weeks of campaign in 2019. Picture: FILE

A TOTAL of 248 dogs were captured during the first four weeks of the eight-week intensive Stray Dog Control Campaign in the Central and Western divisions.

The Department of Information said in a statement that the four weeks of trapping so far had been carried out concurrently in Lami, Suva, and Lautoka where awareness was carried out by the Ministry of Agriculture’s Animal Health and Production Division, with the selling of dog licenses carried out in the day, followed by the trapping exercise during the night in those same areas.

Trapped dogs are taken to pounds belonging to the ministry and municipal councils where veterinarians and qualified para-vets carry out the assessment of these trapped dogs, making an informed decision based on their assessment.

Dogs that pass the assessment are being de-sexed by Animals Fiji in the Western Division and SPCA in the Central Division.

Minister for Agriculture Dr Mahendra Reddy said the de-sexed dogs were available for adoption and re-homing.

“The assessed dogs who have been found to have a good temperament are put up for adoption and re-homing, and members of the public who are pet lovers will only need to pay for the license for the re-homing and adoption of these dogs, which is $13.20 per dog to be paid on an annual basis,” said Mr Reddy.

The Ministry of Agriculture will continue with the trapping of stray dogs in towns and cities and it will be working very closely with its stakeholders SPCA, Animals Fiji and Pacific Animal Shelter & Hospital (PASH) Fiji to eradicate stray and wild dogs.

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