Press Release:– The Division of Transport is alarmed at the recent increase in reports of stray animals on the island`s roads, particularly along major roadways. These stray animals pose a serious road safety concern for all road users.
Therefore, the Division of Transport wishes to advise members of the public that, in keeping with Section 26 of the Animals Act Cap. 3.11. , the owner of 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; commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $5,000 or to imprisonment for 2 years or both.
Owners are further reminded that where an animal poses an immediate danger to road users, the animal(s) may be seized or where not practicable, shall be shot or immobilized by a duly authorized individual.
Please note that all costs incurred during this process shall be borne by the owner of the animal.
The Division of Transport will work closely with the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force to enforce the law in an attempt to ensure public safety on the nation`s roads.
Motorists and all road users are encouraged to be extra vigilant during their daily commute.