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Western Region Veterinary officials ‘mercy kill ‘a harmful dog


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Mildred
Siabi-Mensah, GNA

Takoradi, July 15, GNA
– The Veterinary Services of Ghana would soon develop new guidelines on dog
possession and ownership in the country to ensure the safety of persons that
come into contact with such animals.

Dr Simon Gbene, Acting
Regional Director of the Service, pointed out that the spate of attack on
humans and sometimes the possible transmission of rabbies,

Mildred
Siabi-Mensah, GNA

Takoradi, July 15, GNA
– The Veterinary Services of Ghana would soon develop new guidelines on dog
possession and ownership in the country to ensure the safety of persons that
come into contact with such animals.

Dr Simon Gbene, Acting
Regional Director of the Service, pointed out that the spate of attack on
humans and sometimes the possible transmission of rabbies, required that
stringent measures were put in place to respond to the exigencies of the time.

He was responding to a
question on laws regarding ownership of pets and domestic animals, when the
service carried out Euthanasia on an Alsatian dog which attacked and mutilated
the body of a Six-year-old boy in June this year at Amanful in the Ahanta West
district of the Western Region.

The process of killing
the dog by approved means lasted for about five seconds through an injection of
a chemical called T61 administered by the veterinary service personnel.

Dr Gbene said the dog
was quarantined by the Veterinary Services for two weeks for monitoring to
establish whether it was suffering from rabbies but the results proved
negative, but stressed that, further investigation revealed that the dog was a
threat to humans.

He explained that the
Service sought police order requesting the owner to allow the veterinary
service to ‘mercy kill the dog’, the first to be carried out in Ghana.

The Acting Regional
Director noted that dogs were very unpredictable and therefore cautioned dog
owners, School Authorities and the general public to be very wary of them.

The exercise was
witnessed by Officials of the Veterinary Service including; the Regional
Director, a Police CID and a cross section of the media.

GNA


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