Local Government Authorities in Mkushi have warned dog owners in this District to desist from hiding their unregistered dogs in view of the on-going dog shooting exercise.
Mkushi Council Public Relations Officer(PRO) Mumba Mafewnko told ZANIS that some residents are hiding unregistered dogs in homes whenever the dog killing team visits a residential area.
Ms. Mafwenko stressed that the essence of the dog shooting exercise is aimed at eliminating the threat of Rabies disease spread by shooting stray dogs as well as dogs that have not been registered or vaccinated.
She pointed out that the objective of this exercise is backed by Law, saying that this is a component of Section 69 and 79 of the Local Government Dog Act CAP 247 of the Laws of Zambia.
She said that dog owners are mandated to have their dogs registered at the Council and vaccinated at the District Veterinary office.
Ms. Mafwenko disclosed that the District had resolved to peg the price of registration at K50 per dog, adding that dog owners are allowed to keep a maximum of 3 dogs.
She said that 401 dogs had been registered so far since the registration exercise begun in April this year, saying that the dog population at within the Boma alone is about 2000.
She emphasized that the killing of dogs is being conducted in a bid to control dog population and reduce the risk of rabies being spread via dog bite to humans.