The Jamaica Veterinary Medical Association (JVMA) is calling for new and updated legislation to promote responsible dog ownership.

It’s also calling for a national effort at dog population control through spay-neuter and the regulation of dog trainers.

This after the Observer reported that an elderly St Catherine man was mauled by several Rottweilers and Pitbull on his way home last month.

Sixty-six-year-old Whittington Cole was reportedly bitten in several areas before he was rescued by residents who rushed him to the hospital, where he later died.

The association says this is due in part to the continued lax attention to the issues of responsible dog ownership and dog population control in Jamaica.

Dr Paul Cadogan is the Public Relations Officer at the JVMA.

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Dr Cadogan says animal owners are responsible for their animals, adding that animals with certain aggressive tendencies shouldn’t be allowed to roam the streets.

However, Dr Cadogan says the laws governing animal welfare and ownership are outdated.

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