A STRAY dog went on rampage on Thursday, biting 21 people in Chingola’s Kapisha township, district medical officer Charles Sakulanda has said.

The victims have received the first dose of treatment at Kabundi clinic.

Angry residents stoned the dog to death and burnt it using tyres.

Dr Sakulanda said the medicine to treat the victims was sourced from Nchanga South Hospital, which is under Konkola Copper Mines.

He appealed to the veterinary department in Chingola to establish if the dog is rabid so that treatment of the victims can be escalated.

Chingola Municipal Council public relations manager George Sichimba said the council and veterinary department will also examine other dogs.

“The report we have is that the dog bit other dogs as well and we want to examine them for rabies,” he said.

Mr Sichimba called on residents to register and vaccinate their dogs and warned that the council would eliminate all stray dogs.

“Any dog that will be found loitering on the streets will be killed by the council officers,” he said.

He said the council is also conducting dog registration to know the number of the pets in the district.

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  1. The problem in Africa is that people like keeping pets but have no means to look after them. How do you let dogs fend for themselves and expect them not to catch rabies? Please do not keep pets if you have no means of looking after them. You are hardly surviving yourself and you want to keep dogs. Do you think they will eat air?

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  2. That situation is always dangerous, I still remember a stray dog in Garneton late 70s. All the people bitten by that dog died within a week.

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    • The sad part is that we are never proactive, we wait for calamity before we put in place piecemeal and reactionary response.

      Mark my words, make a follow up one year from now, this whole saga would have been forgotten and all these plans abandoned.

      we never follow through on anything that bring progress to our well-being.

      No wonder we have accepted to live in extremely dirty cities and towns and we see nothing wrong

      what a shame

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  3. Almost all dogs I see in Zambia have no collars (therefore considered stray), we hear a lot of warnings from councils threatening to put down stray dogs but it never happens. A disaster waiting to happen anyway we are a reactionary country 1st a disaster must happen then we will see knee jerk reaction and a lot of talking.

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    • “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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    • An Indian man had to marry a dog in a Hindu ceremony – to atone for stoning two other dogs to death.

      The man, known as Mr Selvakumar, believed he had been cursed by the killings 15 years ago, and wanted to repair the damage done.

      An astrologer told him the only way to remove the curse would be to marry a female dog.

      The former stray dog named Selvi – now officially known as Mrs Selvakumar – was chosen by the man’s family, bathed and dressed in a sari for the celebrations.

      Selvakumar, 33, said he had been suffering since he stoned two dogs to death and hung their bodies from a tree 15 years ago.

      “After that my legs and hands got paralyzed and I lost hearing in one ear,” he told the Hindustan Times.

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  4. Useless pf controlled councils have failed to regulate dog ownership and safety. Theylack ccapacity to ensure safety of the public. If the pf can fail to manage a simple dog what more entire economy? Vote upnd bane

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    • New Educated Zambia© uli chiwelewele makaka why are you so negative about pf? Kindly watch your space before uprooted from sewer..

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    • Iwe chi mudala do not bring this nonsense to lsk times,twala ifyabupuba kutumfweko ala iwe

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  5. My advise to the authority is that all known victims/in-contacts (Humans & Dogs) must be put on post-exposure therapy immediately. Examining those dogs alleged to have been bitten will reveal nothing for now but instead isolate them and continue monitoring their behavior while under medication. Since humans have already received their first injections this has to continue until all receive 5 injections.
    To the Council and department of Veterinary services the only long term sustainable Rabies control is to conduct “capture sterilize and Release method” of all stray beasts.

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    • I concur,that doctor is talking of examining the dog which was burnt is he serious treat everyone beaten quickly people may die due to careless handling of the matter.

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  6. I remember in the mid 90s in Muf, a monkey went bananas and beat with fists a lot of chaps, luckily he was just singling out ugly chaps lol!

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    • Jerusalem rabbis ‘sentence dog to death by stoning’

      A Jewish rabbinical court condemned to death by stoning a stray dog it feared was the reincarnation of a lawyer who insulted its judges…

      The dog entered the Jerusalem financial court and would not leave,.

      It reminded a judge of a curse passed on a now deceased secular lawyer about 20 years ago, when judges bid his spirit to enter the body of a dog.

      They hunt them down like SouthAfricans hunting for other black Africans during Xenophobia attacks…
      In Congo they consider the ‘stray dogs’ to be bewitched or ‘witchdogs’ that’s why they stone them to death in a very painful way.

      Mu Zambia bu- savage chabe!!!

      Meanwhile dogs in developed countries live better than some “god fearing” Africans

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  7. Meanwhile dogs in developed countries live better than MOST “god fearing” Africans

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  8. How many people have registered their dogs in Chingola? Probably non because this Doctor is talking without thinking of what he is talking about mean.I honestly cannot foresee a burnt dog being examined if we cannot even do forensic DNA as a country to put murderers thieves at the scene of crime.

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