By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Veterinary Council of Nigeria has lauded the 9th Oyo State House of Assembly for its consideration and passage of Dogs (Amendment) Bill, 2019 into Law.
This is just as the state chapter of the association presented Award of Excellence to the Speaker, Hon Adebo Ogundoyin for his outstanding performance and to Hon. Olawumi Oladeji (Ogbomoso North) for sponsoring the Dogs Amendment Bill.
The commendation came from the President, Veterinary Council of Nigeria, Aishatu Abubakar when she led other members on a courtesy visit to the leadership of the Assembly on Tuesday.
Abubakar said the Dogs Amendment Law was imperative in order to control and reduce the transmission of communicable diseases like Parvovirus, Hepatitis, Leptoftirosis and Rabies, especially from unvaccinated dogs.
She said the Veterinary Counci could not thank the House of Assembly enough as the law will make all dog owners responsible for keeping their animals and preventing them from straying and attacking people.
Ogundoyin said the Dogs Amendment Bill, 2019 was among the 73 bills already passed by the 9th Oyo Assembly and assented to by Governor Seyi Makinde.
“We have set good record and we’ll still set more records in the 9th Oyo State House of Assembly. Dogs Amendment Bill is one the Bills passed by us in two years and this has made us to surpass the records of the last Oyo Assembly,” the Speaker said.
Oladeji explained that she sponsored the bill because of the prevalent of dog bites and attacks among residents of the state.
According to her, some of the provisions of the law include a fine of N100,000 or six months imprisonment or both for any dog owner who fails to keep their dogs under control, a fine of N250,000 or imprisonment for six months or both for dog owners who fail to bear the total cost of medical expenses incurred by the victim of an attack.
A fine of N200,000 or six months imprisonment or both for any dog owner who fails to vaccinate his/her dogs against communicable diseases, hence, we call on all stakeholders to sensitize members of the public on the provisions of the Amendment.
It would be recalled that, the Dogs Amendment Bill, 2019 was assented to by Governor Makinde on the 22nd of September, 2020.