Bulawayo City Council spent $1 510,64 to put down 271 stray dogs found roaming in the residential areas over a three-month period with Cowdray Park and Landfill topping the list with 45 dogs.
by NQOBILE BHEBHE
A number of local authorities have taken the initiative to kill stray dogs and cats to curb the spread of rabies.
The local authority embarked on a controversial operation code-named “Tie up Order” between February and April which was aimed at enforcing the city’s dog licensing and control by-laws.
Council health services director Zanele Hwalima said the programme had cost them $1 510,64 with some of the money being spent on ammunition, allowances for council officials and eight members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police roped into the project.
Twenty-two dogs were shot in Emganwini, Nketa 6,7,8 and 9 and Nkulumane had 18 each, Northend and Paddonhurst 13, Pumula North and East and Luveve 5, New and Old 11 while Emakhandeni and Entumbane had 10 each.
The rest were killed in other residential areas.