Kabompo district council introduces dog control fee

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Kabompo district council introduces dog control fee

Kabompo, May 14, , ZANIS ———–Kabompo district council has with immediate effect imposed a dog control fee of KR 20 in an effort to curb rampant nuisance of stray dogs moving about day and night in the township.

Kabompo district Council Secretary, Francis Nkhoma confirmed the development in an interview with ZANIS in Kabompo today.

Mr Nkhoma said the district council had passed a resolution which the council management was simply implementing now to charge dog owners KR 20 per dog and that the local authority, veterinary department and Zambia Police would soon jointly gun down all stray dogs in the town because residents were now living in fear of stray dogs in the township.

According to a recent livestock report made available to ZANIS in Kabompo, there are 5,221 dogs in Kabompo district most of them are at free range scavenging in rubbish pits in residential, commercial and government institution premises such as the hospital and market places.

Last month Kabompo District Commissioner, Dennis Kanyakula lamented that the district which is the fourth largest in the number of livestock and pets has 5,221 dogs and most of which are kept on free range basis.

The report indicated that of all the domestic animals kept, poultry was on top at 50,630, goats 14,342, cattle (8,057), pigs (2,522), cats (576), nine donkeys and six sheep all kept under proper control measure except dogs which were on a free range.

Mr Kanyakula said there was need to reduce the population of stray dogs in the township as required by the control of dogs Act CAP 247 of the laws of Zambia.