A new push is underway in Samoa to introduce new legislation that will help control the dog population.
A visit by the President of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, or IFAW, has focused attention on marauding, dangerous dogs.
A vet working in Samoa and funded by Jan Allen says the old legislation is too complicated and a revamp of the existing laws would be welcome:
"Even simplication perhaps and maybe even more heavier demands as in restrict..apparently in Niue there are restrictions of two dogs to a household and a female is allowed to have one litter only and I think that sort of regualtion would be ideal it might be a little hard to enforce, but it would be ideal here."
Vet Jan Allen.