Monday 18 November, 2019

Who is responsible for the disposal of dead animals in Vieux Fort?

The drain where a dead dog was recently found in Vieux Fort.

The drain where a dead dog was recently found in Vieux Fort.

Who is responsible for the disposal of dead animals in public places in Vieux-Fort?

That’s the question residents of Vieux-Fort usually ask themselves whenever dead animals are found along the roadways in the community, especially if it is close to their properties and exudes a malodorous odor.

They usually direct this question to the Environmental Health Department in Vieux-Fort and the Vieux-Fort South Constituency Council, both of which have disposed of dead animals in public places in Vieux-Fort in the past, and who they believe are responsible for the disposal of dead animals.

But surprisingly, a number of workers of both entities have no idea who is now responsible for providing such a service.

The situation has resulted in residents being forced to pay persons who they describe as “jumbies” to dispose of dead animals in public places near their properties.

A few days ago, a businesswoman who owns a business in Vieux-Fort experienced the problem after trying to seek the assistance of the Vieux-Fort South Constituency Council and the Environmental Department in Vieux-Fort to dispose of a dead dog near her business on Clarke Street but to no avail. Workers of the council told her that it is the Environmental Health Department that is responsible for providing such a service, while the Health Department told her that it is the duty of the council to do so.

When Loop News contacted the mayor of Vieux-Fort, Orricia Denbow-Bullen, for clarification on the matter, she said the council is responsible for the disposal of large animals such as horses and cows, while the Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority(SLSWMA) is responsible for the disposal of  small animals such as dogs and cats.

However, when Loop News made further inquiries into the matter, other persons expressed a different view from that of the mayor.

The manager of SLSWMA could not be reached for comment on the matter.

The situation has left residents of Vieux-Fort wondering who is really responsible for the disposal of dead animals in the town.

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