18 Apr 2017

New shelter set up for Samoa's stray dogs

From , 3:03 pm on 18 April 2017

Samoa has a new facility to shelter and train stray dogs.

The shelter, at Tafaigata, is the first of its kind for Samoa and replaces a temporary shelter at Vaitele that was established in June 2014.

It was opened by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, last week.

The project cost $US500,000  and was funded by New Zealand for Samoa's dog control programme which is run by the Ministry of Police, in partnership with the Tourism Authority, and the Animal protection society.

Our correspondent, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, told Tim Glasgow  the shelter will have facilities to train dogs for service roles, and to be rehomed as pets.

Eight to 10 percent of visitors to the Cook Islands will often make complaints about stray dogs.

Photo: RNZ/ Daniela Maoate-Cox