Ghana performs first animal euthanasia

General News of Saturday, 15 July 2017



Dog WrThe dog in question attacked and bit Bismark Adzie, a six-year old class six pupil to death

The Western Regional Branch of the Veterinary Service of Ghana has killed an Alsatian dog after establishing it poses serious threat to human life.

The dog in question attacked and bit Bismark Adzie, a six-year old class six pupil to death on June 20, 2017 at New Amanful in the Ahanta West District of the Western region.

The dog was quarantined by the Veterinary Service for two weeks for monitoring to establish whether it was suffering from rabbis.

It was, however, released to its owner after the expiration of the period upon establishing it was free from the said disease, however upon further investigation, it was found that the dog poses a very serious threat to human life.

The Service therefore ordered the owner through the police to return it to the Veterinary Service to be put to rest.

The process, known as Euthanasia which took place at the Headquarters of the Regional Veterinary Service on Friday lasted for about five seconds through an injection of a chemical by name T61 administered by the veterinary service personnel.

After the exercise, Dr Simon Gbene, the acting Director of the Service in the Western region told Skyy Power FM the process was the first time Ghana has destroyed an animal through Euthanasia though it is very common in the Western Countries.

He gave a word of caution to dog owners, School Authorities and the general public to be very wary of dogs wherever and whenever they come close to them since some could be very unpredictable.

He says the Veterinary Service will soon come out with new guidelines on dog possession and ownership in the country.

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