Out of an estimated 2000 dogs in Solwezi only 80 are vaccinated and registered with Solwezi municipal council, says council public relations manager Thandiwe Thembo.
Ms Thembo warned dog owners that any dog found outside the yard would be considered a stray dog and may be shot dead.
“According to the law, dog owners should ensure that their dogs are registered, vaccinated and possibly tagged to show ownership. additionally they are supposed to be confined to the yard so that they do not roam the streets. Because if we find them we may consider them as stray dogs and shoot them down,” she said.
Ms Thembo appealed to members of the public to cooperate with the local council and ensure their dogs were registered to combat the spread of rabies.
She said so far the council had gunned down eight stray dogs in the shooting exercise aimed at reducing cases of rabies.
Ms Thembo said Solwezi municipal Council was working together with the local police and the veterinary office.
She said there was enough ammunition to see the exercise through.
“In line with the Dog Control Act cap 247 of the Laws of Zambia, the council yesterday commenced the continuous dog control exercise around Solwezi district “she said.
Ms. Thembo said the council had recorded 30 reportsof rabies this year hence the exercise.
She said the district had been plagued by stray dogs roaming most by Government institutions.
“Eradicating stray dogs will reduce cases of rabies and property damage, because most of the stray dogs have not been vaccinated,” Ms Thembo said.