Lusaka City Council((LCC) Acting Pest Control Superintendent Christopher Mulenga has disclosed that his department has killed over 70 stray dogs in Lusaka’s Mtendere and Chilenje townships from the time the operation kicked off this month.
Mr. Mulenga said the Council embarked on a sensitization programme educating residents on the need to vaccinate and tie their dogs before the killing exercise started.
He said this yesterday during a vicious dog killing exercise found moving uselessly in Compounds and townships in Chilenje Township in Lusaka.
Mr Mulenga said according the laws of Zambia Cap 247, the Council is mandated to slaughter any stray dog to safeguard the lives of the public.
He said there has been a lot of stray dogs moving in residential areas spreading rabies, a killer disease which has claimed many lives.
“We won’t relent killing un vaccinated dogs. Furthermore, the Council will also kill stray dogs found moving around compounds and townships”, Mr. Mulenga warned.
He disclosed that the exercise started from Mtendere township before it was extended to Chilenje.
Mr Mulenga warned that the Council will not spare any unvaccinated and stray dog in Lusaka and other parts of the country.
He advised residents to tie and take their dogs for vaccination to avoid losing their animals as well as curbing the spread of the dreaded disease from spreading.
And Lusaka City Council Public Relations Officer Brenda Katongola said the council will not relent but will go flat out killing unvaccinated and all those dogs moving anyhow in townships and Compounds.
Ms Katongola said from time immemorial, the council has been killing any stray dog as mandated by the laws of Zambia.
She said the programme of slaughtering stray dogs is ongoing and that the council will not relent executing their noble role.
Ms Katongola stated that people do not want to heed to the advice from the council to be responsible citizens.
But a Chilenje resident Lemmy Mushosha appealed to the Lusaka City Council to find another way of executing the law regarding the killing of stray and unvaccinated dogs in townships.
Mr Mushosha said it is traumatizing and disturbing to kill dogs using guns in places where there a lot of people and children.
He said residents do not have any problem with the law but that the manner in which they are killed is what a matter of concern to the public.
He also appealed to residents to learn to take their dogs for vaccinating to avoid un necessary outbreak of diseases such as rabies.