02 July, 2010

Putting a Leash on Stray Dog Problem

The Samoa Tourism Authority is joining forces with the Animal Protection Society (APS) and the

Ministry of Police to combat the recurring problem of vicious stray dog attacks.

The most recent complaint through a Letter to the Editor in the recent Sunday Samoan (Observer) by a tourist couple that claimed they were attacked by stray dogs during their visit to Samoa, has prompted STA and its partners to move on creating a necessary solution.

The end result: this month, a group of animal specialists from New Zealand will be joining the efforts by the local authorities to control the dog problem.

These vets will be assisted by members of the said authorities in capturing and putting down stray

dogs that are found around the town area from Vaiala to Mulinuu next week (05-09 July 2010).

This process will then be carried out in Tufuiopa to Fagalii the following week (12-16 July) and Maagiagi and Lalomanu, Aleipata from the 19-23 July. The team will then head to Savaii for the last week of July to carry out this necessary activity.

The specialist team will also be holding animal desexing clinics in the said villages that will coincide with the ongoing dog control project, to allow pet owners the opportunity to bring in their pet dogs and cats to be sterilized free of charge.