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Please consider lifting ban on dogs

Dear Sir,

Today is a good day for all those types of dogs that are either illegal or banned. Because, after being seized by wardens, they have the opportunity to escape being condemned to death.

A new policy came into effect last evening through the Premier and the Health Minister.

The excited owner of pitbull Nala has received confirmation and clearance from the Premier and the minister to send her dog away after it was seized by wardens.

Unfortunately, this has come too late for others, as many of these type of dogs have been condemned to death.

How has this decision suddenly come about now? It was not in place on November 24 when it would have saved poor little Kash from being killed. Kash was a 17-month-old fox terrier crossed with an English staffy. He was killed a matter of hours after being seized. They stated that he looked like he had “pit” in him, regardless of what the owner claimed.

Nala, a five-year-old pitbull was seized on December 16, and six days later is alive and able to escape the death penalty.

How is this? Why are some dogs condemned to death immediately after seizure and others are not?

Why do policies apply to certain people, but not all?

Lots of owners and their dogs have been treated unfairly regarding this matter.

How are the owners whose dogs have been put to death going to be compensated for such unnecessary loss of life and their own mental stress?

Our pets are family. What about those who have been placed before the courts and been fined?

What has prompted the minister and the Premier to come to this decision?

We are pleading for the Premier and the minister to consider looking at lifting the ban on these types and breeds and place them on the restricted list.

ANGELA JAMES and TISHAE DAVIS

Beloved pet: Kash (Photograph supplied)

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Published December 23, 2015 at 8:00 am (Updated December 23, 2015 at 1:20 am)

Please consider lifting ban on dogs

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