-Kabompo introduces dog levy

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Kabompo introduces dog levy

Kabompo, May 20, 2013, ZANIS–Kabompo district council has imposed a

KR 20 dog control levy with immediate effect.


District council secretary, Francis Nkhoma said the council has come

up with the levy because of an alarming increase in the number of

stray dogs in the township posing a public nuisance.


Mr Nkhoma disclosed this in an interview with Zambia News and

Information Services in Kabompo today.


He said stray dogs scavenge rubbish pits, premises of business

institutions and residential areas  posing a nuisance to the public.


And district police officer-in-charge, Christopher Jinungo said last

year alone 79 people were bitten by dogs and reported to the police

while this year there have been unspecified cases of people being

bitten by dogs.


He said if given a go ahead, police are ready to gun down all stray

dogs, adding that there is still need for police, council management

and veterinary officers to sit down and plan how such a joint exercise  could be undertaken.


Meanwhile, a veterinary officer who preferred anonymity said a recent

live stock census indicated that Kabompo has 5,221 dogs most of them

believed to be stray .


He said several people in the area keep more than ten dogs per

household which is contrary to the control of dogs Act Cap 247 of the

laws of Zambia.


District Commissioner, Dennis Kanyakula said people in the township

are living in fear of stray dogs, especially school children.


Mr Kanyakula said there is need to reduce the number of dogs in the

township by gunning down all those dogs found straying .