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COP activist: Brace for stray pit bulls

Monday, May 28, 2012

Congress of the People (COP) activist Nalini Dial is predicting that some dog owners will let their pit bulls loose when the Dangerous Dogs Act is proclaimed in a few months. She made that point during a consultation hosted by the COP on the legislation at the Tunapuna Hindu School over the the weekend.


“We boldly say this because we already foresee that one of the major fallouts when the DDA is proclaimed is the mass abandonment by owners of these specified breeds of dogs,” she said. “Not all owners of these dogs, can or will abide by the stringent rules and regulations called for, and so the easiest way out for them, would be to let loose their dogs, all over the country,” Dial said.


“We are already faced with a serious stray dog population problem, and now to add to that, we are totally not prepared. “Neither the local government corporations, nor dog pounds and shelters, have the required infrastructure, staff, trained personnel, resources and regulatory bodies to deal with the influx of dogs we expect.


“We do not even foresee this law being properly enforced.” She said based on the Summary Offences Act 1921, owners were accountable for securing their animals on their premises. Failing to abide by this, they were liable to a fine, and even imprisonment, she added. Dial, who is also a member of the organisation Animals are Humans Too, said the lack of enforcement of this law “has played a major role in our present situation with the stray dogs.”


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