Routine Inspections Of Dog Kennel Operations Under Way

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In an effort to improve the health and safety of the canine population and ensure a high standard of living is maintained, the Animal Control Centre is currently carrying out routine inspections of all kennel operations on the island and is asking the public to cooperate in this exercise.

Individuals are, therefore, advised that officers, wearing appropriate identification, will be randomly checking kennel operations in various districts.?? However, kennel operators can further facilitate the process by calling the Animal Control Centre at 425-5559 or 425-1033, to schedule an appointment for inspection from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.????????

According to the Centre, five dogs or more constitute a kennel, whether open or enclosed.

The inspection of these kennels will entail an assessment of premises to determine the number of canines present; the number of dogs actually licensed; the condition of the canines, as well as the feeding, exercise and training regimes for the animals.

??Additionally, officers will check whether there is approval from Town and Country Development Planning Office and examine the waste disposal systems; the proximity of kennels to public pathways and neighbouring premises; the reasons for kennel operations, whether commercial or otherwise; the names and addresses of attending veterinarians; the list of pharmaceuticals currently in use with the animals; and type of housing provided for the canines.

The Centre will then make recommendations to owners or operators in accordance with the Dog Licensing and Control Act, the Health Services Act and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 2000 – 16. jwilson@barbados.gov.bb

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