Pitbull Attack Press Release

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs is saddened to learn about the recent attack of a woman by Pitbulls.

Under the Animal Protection and Control Act, 2010, the Government is seeking to ensure that the Animal Control Board mandates that Pet owners provide proper animal care, animal behavior, animal welfare and proper housing of aggressive animals.

In the meantime, the Ministry has been working closely with non-profit organizations such as The Bahamas Humane Society and BAARK on preventative measures such as spay and neuter clinics.

The Animal Control Unit within the Department of Agriculture is integral in the enforcement of the Act, specifically, public education on animal care and control, issuance of dog licenses for all dogs over 3 months old, attending to animal attack cases and animal breeder facility inspections. Should the public encounter a breach in the Act, they should contact the Royal Bahamas Police Force and The Animal Control Unit of the Department of Agriculture (325-1173).