A new approach to the licensing of dogs will start next month when the Animal Control Centre joins with the Environmental Health Division of the Ministry of Health and the Hope Martin Foundation to conduct an outreach programme in St. Philip.
The two-week programme, which runs from November 3 to 14, will target Belair; Ruby Park; Union Park; Union Development; Jessamy Lane and Work Hall. It will run from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. daily.
According to the Animal Control Officer, Curtis Thompson, the private/public sector partnership will see the Hope Martin Spaying/Neutering Mobile Clinic working with officials from the Centre and environmental health officers from Six Roads Polyclinic to undertake, among others, licensing; de-worming and inspection of premises, where dogs are kept.
Other services to be provided are flea/tick treatment and the clipping of nails. Officials will also distribute educational pamphlets and dog food, to patrons.
Residents are urged to comply with staff of the Centre and the other organisations who will be wearing appropriate identification and operating from a vacant lot on Tangerene Street in St. Philip.
Meanwhile, the Animal Control Centre is reminding the public that it is an offence to have unlicensed dogs on their property; that dogs six months and over should be registered; dogs must be provided with adequate water, food and proper shelter; they should not be allowed to roam streets, lanes and other public pathways and that owners/handlers are responsible for ???scooping the poop’ when dogs defecate. Failure to adhere to these stipulations can result in owners/handlers being prosecuted.
Licensing of dogs takes place each day at venues across the island, including the Animal Control Centre at the Lazeretto Compound, Lower Black Rock, St. Michael; Six Roads Polyclinic, St. Philip; and the Maurice Byer Polyclinic, St. Peter.
For further information, dog owners may contact the Animal Control Officer at 425-5559.