By NATION REPORTER
RESIDENTS of Kalingalinga and Mtendere compounds have called on the Lusaka City Council ((LCC) to swiftly kill stray dogs that roam aimlessly and terrorise residents.
Sandra Mwape of Mtendere compound said there was need for the local authority to educate the general public on the need to vaccinate and confine dogs before they become a danger to society.
Ms. Mwape however said the council had embarked on a sensitization programme on the need to vaccinate and tie their dogs before the killing exercise started.
Ms. Mwape noted that dogs were found moving aimlessly in compounds especially near markets and restaurants in search of food.
“Under the laws of Zambia, the council is mandated to slaughter any stray dog to safeguard the lives of the public. There has been a lot of stray dogs moving in residential areas spreading rabies, a killer disease which has claimed many lives,” she said.
Another resident Gasper Tembo of Mtendere advised the council not to relent to kill the unvaccinated dogs.
Ms. Tembo said the dogs were moving carelessly and anyhow including looking for food and sometimes were found at police stations under the impounded vehicles for shelter.
“Here at Mtendere market stray dogs which I believe are not vaccinated are found all over the market, in drinking places at awkward hours and drunk are often attacked by these same dogs,” said Ms. Tembo.
And Joseph Simbeye noted that children, including some adults had been restricted their movements because dogs were found at every place especially in roads and garages.
Recently, LCC killed about 119 dogs in the slaying of unregistered and unvaccinated pets exercise.
During that period residents were being sensitised on the pending exercise of eliminating stray dogs that roam aimlessly and terrorise residents.