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Stray dogs in the yard of the High Court building in Kingstown on Jan. 24, 2024.
Stray dogs in the yard of the High Court building in Kingstown on Jan. 24, 2024.

Minister of Agriculture Saboto Caesar is expected to present to Parliament today (Thursday) the Dog Bill, 2024, to regulate stray dogs and other dogs to which the government will give “some special consideration”.

Speaking on Wednesday about the legislative agenda for the meeting of Parliament, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said that the bill be put to a select committee.

“We have a real problem with dogs. A lot of people keeping dogs — well having dogs but not keeping them and they are roaming all about and they are killing a lot of animals,” Gonsalves said.

“And a lot of stray dogs causing all kinds of different problems for homeowners, for businesses. I mean, it has gotten very bad so we have to deal with that,” he said.

“And then, of course, there are some dogs to which we have to give some special consideration,” the prime minister further stated.

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“Fellas walking these huge dogs, some of them which, because of their owners, could become problematic.  Notice that I am talking about dogs. It is a Dog Bill but it is also about owners because dogs are not recognised to be dangerous by nature, like, for instance, a tiger, or a lion, or a leopard.

“It’s the problem with owners, how they deal with their dogs, how they control them, how they encourage them what to do or not to do and the like, how they train them. So we have to address that and then,” Gonsalves said on NBC Radio.

The meeting will also hear the first reading of the Legal Profession Bill, 2024.

“We need to have a modern law which properly regulates the legal profession. This is for the good of the legal progression itself, for the clients, for justice, law and order and for the community,” said Gonsalves, who is also minister of legal affairs.

6 replies on “Gov’t to bring law to deal with stray, ‘huge’ dogs”

  1. So what is Jack saying, we should not deal with all his foolishness going on with dogs? There is a guy in my area always have his pitbull loose in the road with the chain wrapped around it neck. Come on man!!!!

  2. Long overdue
    make it mandatory for proper Leashes etc and that the owners of ALL killer Dogs and their dogs attend disciplinary classes and Licenses only granted after the dogs have been medically certified by the Veterinary department for a Specified time this will obviously deter certain things which I will not mention publicly

  3. Anthony G. Stewart, PhD says:

    Dogs can deter criminal activity but must be controlled. Lawyers must take responsibility for the documents they prepare. They must do sufficient research to be accurate in their work.

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