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Lucea mayor calls on animal owners to remove their strays

Published:Saturday | February 7, 2015 | 2:00 AM
FILE Goats rummage through garbage dumped by the side of the road on Millers Drive which leads to Prosper in Lucea

WESTERN BUREAU:

Mayor of Lucea Wynter McIntosh is calling on residents who own animals that are roaming the town to be removed immediately.

"The town of Lucea is an old town so it is a mixture of businesses and housing. And as a result of that, it is very difficult, in some cases, to keep the town of Lucea clean. A part of the problem we have been having is with the stray dogs and the stray goats," McIntosh told Western Focus recently.

"Even though the NSWMA (National Solid Waste Management Authority) is trying, what happens is that the goats and the dogs keep spilling the garbage into the streets. I am now appealing to the owners of these goats and these dogs to rein them in because the Hanover Parish Council will be taking a zero-tolerance approach as it relates to these animals," he added.

construct adequate receptacles

The mayor also called on the commercial entities within the town to construct adequate receptacles for their garbage.

"I am also asking the business people to ensure they have proper garbage receptacles because some of the garbage receptacles that they have in the business place are nothing to speak about. What we will be doing is putting in some drums so that passersby and the rest of Lucea alike can dispose of their garbage in those drums, so that the town can be a little cleaner than it is," he said.

At the last monthly meeting of the Hanover Parish Council in January, Councillor of the Cauldwell Division Anthony Walker had said he was concerned about the number of goats that he was seeing galloping around the town on a daily basis. Walker had called on the council to find "a way to get rid of the goats", as the animals were obstructing traffic and causing motorists to have "difficulty going through the streets of Lucea".