The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) has advised members of the public of the law relating to stray animals which indicates that the animals could be shot.
A notice from the RSLPF Tuesday said that in keeping with with Section 26 of the Animals Act 2013, any animal found tied, wandering, straying, or lying in such a manner as to cause obstruction, danger, damage or injury to any user of the highway or a public place; will be seized, or where not practicable, shall be shot or immobilized by a duly authorised individual.
According to the police, all costs incurred during the processes, shall be that of the owner of the animal.
The notice stated that anyone who contravenes Section 26 of the Animals Act, commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $5,000 or to imprisonment for 2 years or both.
Warning from the police comes amid concerns by motorists about stray animals, especially cows, wandering onto busy roads.
The cows are frequently left to graze near the Millennium and by the Choc area where they at times venture onto the roadway.
Stray animals have been the cause of several road accidents.