Vaccinate, Keep Them In Cages, Police Warn Dog Owners In Osun

The Osun State Police Command has warned dogs owners to ensure that they keep their pets within a well protected area to prevent them from attacking people.

The command also disclosed that it constitutes an offence if a dog owner fails to control his or her pet and, while the animals are left unrestrained, attack people.

In a statement made available by the command’s spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola, in Osogbo on Sunday, revealed that there have been increase report of attacks on people by dogs in recent times.

The statement partly reads: “The police command is using this medium to draw the attention of members of the public especially those rearing or breeding dogs especially exotic ones for guard/security purposes or otherwise to the increasing recent attacks on people by their dogs.

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“To this end, the police command enjoins members of the public to restrain their dogs in their houses in cages/leashes with a view to reducing attacks on people and further vaccinate these dogs in order to reduce the risk of contracting rabies virus which can be deadly if these dogs happen to bite individual(s).

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Abba, therefore advises members of the public to be abreast of the Dog Acts Cap 35 Law of the Federation of Nigeria.

“A dog keeper: somebody who is in charge of a dog is supposed to ensure that every dog to be handled is vaccinated, duly controlled, and should not be set loose to bite passersby.

“Anything outside your yard (fence) is not your house, i.e., if any dog gets loose and bites anybody outside the compound, this is an offence.

“The CP further assures the good people of Osun State of his commitment to improve the status quo as one of the peaceful states in the country.”