The St George's Caye Village Council has partnered with Animal Medical Centre to provide spay and neuter clinics on the island so dogs do not need to be taken into town. Please contact Animal Medical Centre on 223-3781 to make reservations for your pets. Spaying female dogs will result in less puppies growing into unwanted strays and neutering males will lead to less roaming and fights. If you're pet is not already spayed or neutered please consider calling AMC today!
Over the years the St George's Caye Village Council has received complaints of dogs chasing people walking or jogging down the beach, and dogs are taking up residence at weekend homes. We know not everyone is a dog person, or may have other dogs they bring to the island for the weekend, and the "strays," which could include a dog that has an owner but it not secured, are interfering with residents and visitors enjoying the caye.
According to Section 17 of the Dogs Act (2000) Laws of Belize:
"...no owner of a dog shall permit that dog to be at large in any street or place of public resort in any town and any person who contravenes this section is guilty of an offence and is, on summary conviction, liable to a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars."
While this is the law regarding dogs in Belize, given the carefree Caribbean lifestyle, many pets are not kept in fenced yards, or tied up, or the pet may escape. Some people become irritated when they see pets roaming around without their owner.
Good pet ownership etiquette includes making sure your dog is not a nuisance to others, and caring for your pet by providing ample food/water and health care. Dogs often roam in search of food or a mate. Therefor, we request that all dogs be restrained to your yard and not allowed to wander around the island, and if walking around the island, please use a leash. Spaying or neutering your dog will also prevent it from roaming and will not interfere with their ability to keep intruders out. Property owners, please ask your caretakers to secure their four legged security forces 24/7, thereby making your valuable property safer!
Due to the hiring and firing of caretakers, we understand that there may be some abandoned dogs on the island, and we would like to assist them in finding a caring home. Please help us determine how many dogs on the island have owners, thereby identify those needing to be adopted. Property owners, please consult with your resident caretakers and submit the details for them.