The Osun State government has issued a warning to dog owners to control their dogs or face prosecution due to the recent death of a baby resulting from a dog attack in Osogbo, the state capital.
Revealing this during a meeting with dog breeders, owners, and veterinary establishments in the state, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Tola Faseru, stated through a publication in the state bulletin on Friday that the state would not tolerate dogs causing harm to residents.
“Henceforth, dog owners will face necessary disciplinary action in accordance with the law if any of their dogs is found responsible.
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“The rate at which unlicensed dogs roam the streets aimlessly is regrettable.
Furthermore, he mentioned, “It is now mandatory for all veterinary establishments to register with the state government.
“Likewise, all dogs must possess an anti-rabies vaccination certificate, which must be properly signed by a certified veterinarian,” Faseru added.
In conclusion, the commissioner expressed sympathy for the family of a dog bite victim in Hallelujah Estate Area, Osogbo, where a dog killed a five-month-old baby, leaving the mother with injuries.