Kalulushi council, police shoot dead 130 stray dogs

A team of officers from Kalulushi Municipal Council and Zambia Police Service has shot dead over 130 stray dogs in Kalulushi district on the Copperbelt.
The council’s assistant public relations manager Beauty Undi said in a statement released in Kitwe yesterday the operation was carried out in Chibuluma, Kalulushi Central and Chambishi townships to rid the town of stray dogs.
Ms Undi said the municipality had been receiving reports of stray dogs terrorising residents and in some cases biting people.
“As a local authority, our mandate is to ensure that people live in a safe environment. This is the reason why we shot dead some dogs in our district to prevent an outbreak of rabies,” she said.
Ms Undi said the gunning down of the dogs is in conformity with the Control of Dogs Act.
She appealed to the residents of Kalulushi to vaccinate their dogs against rabies and to keep them within the confines of their premises to curb the spread of rabies.
Ms Undi also urged Kalulushi residents to obtain permits from the council before keeping dogs on their premises.
“We have observed that most people just keep dogs without obtaining valid permits. It is a crime to keep a dog without a permit,” she said.

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