Kabompo district council public health unit has killed about 21 unregistered stray dogs which were terrorising people in various townships in the district.
District council health inspector Douglas Habinda said the exercise was undertaken in collaboration with the council police and the veterinary department after a public outcry on the increased cases of dog bites in the district.
“I can confirm that we carried out an exercise of killing stray dogs in various townships in the district. This was after a public outcry that the dogs were terrorising people,” Mr Habinda said.
He, however, said although the exercise was successful, there were still more stray dogs in townships that needed to be killed or confined if the lives of people were to be safeguarded.
“The presence of stray dogs is still high in almost all the townships. Thus, it’s either we continue killing or the owners confine them,” Mr Habinda said. He urged members of the public to take full responsibility of looking after their pets as required by the Dogs Act CAP 247 of the laws of Zambia.
Meanwhile, Titus Kalanga a resident commended the local authority on killing the dogs as the pets were posing a health risk to the public.
Another resident Kalumba Sakuwa added that dog loitering was a nuisance in the district and the exercise undertaken by the council needed to be supported by everyone.
“Let me take this opportunity to commend the council on conducting a successful dog killing exercise in the district. People have not been walking freely for fear of being bitten by these stray dogs,” Mr Sakuwa said.