Cit­i­zens must take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their animals

The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT -

The Royal Saint Lu­cia Po­lice Force is urg­ing cit­i­zens to en­sure that their farm animals or pets are kept in a safe lo­ca­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to sec­tion 26 of the An­i­mal Act of Saint Lu­cia 2008, the po­lice have the author­ity to seize any an­i­mal found wan­der­ing on the high­way or public place.

The Act goes on to au­tho­rize the po­lice to shoot or im­mo­bi­lize any an­i­mal which can­not be seized or which poses an im­me­di­ate threat to public safety.

The owner of an an­i­mal who al­lows it to stray is li­able on sum­mary con­vic­tion to a fine of $5000 or im­pris­on­ment of two years or both.

Fail­ure by own­ers to en­sure that their animals are kept tied or en­closed in a safe lo­ca­tion shall cause the Royal Saint Lu­cia Po­lice Force to do all in its power to curb on the in­ci­dents of stray animals.

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