The government of Osun State has issued a warning to dog owners in the state to control their pets or face legal consequences.
A infant was bitten and killed by dogs in the Halleluyah Estate neighborhood of Osogbo in August, prompting this warning.
The mother of the infant girl, who was five months old at the time, was also hurt during the attack by the ferocious-looking canines.
During a meeting with dog breeders, owners, and veterinary organizations in the state, Tola Faseru, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, delivered the warning.
During the discussion, Faseru had said that the State would not tolerate dogs attacking people.
According to him, “from this day forward, dog owners will face necessary disciplinary action in accordance with the dictates of the law if any of their dogs is found culpable.”
It’s sad that so many dogs in the city are unlicensed and wander around aimlessly.
All veterinary practices must now obtain official registration from the relevant state authorities.
He also let slip that the State administration was making moves to require proof of rabies vaccination for all canine companions.
A licensed veterinarian’s signature is required on the paperwork, he explained.