House: Euthanasia of illegal dogs halted
Sylvan Richards this morning announced that he has ordered a halt on the euthanasia of illegal dogs, provided they have no history of violence.
Addressing the House of Assembly, the environment minister said that amendments to legislation would be brought before MPs for debate this year.
“I will not make any promises about a long-term solution, only a comprehensive exploration of all the options,” he said.
He also warned the owners of illegal dogs that, if the animals are involved in attacks, they will still be subject to euthanasia.
Mr Richards said that breed-specific legislation introduced in 2008 had proven successful in reducing dog attacks, but the rules came under strict criticism by some members of the public due to it targeting animals based on their breed rather than their behaviour.
In several high-profile incidents, dogs were seized by authorities and euthanised or forced to be flown off island despite a lack of violent behaviour.
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