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Mbarara Municipality Poisons Stray Dogs

Robert Mugabe Kakyebezi, the Mayor Mbarara Municipality says they asked dog owners to restrain them in July 2016, but most of them ignored the directive.
Mbarara Municipal council authorities have embarked on the move to eliminate stray dogs from the town. Dr. William Mwebembezi, the Mbarara District Veterinary Officer, says they are eliminating the stray dogs using DAIT poison, which is placed around garbage dumping sites.

According to Mwebembezi, the poison kills the dogs between 5 and 10 seconds. At least 60 dogs had been killed by the end of Monday evening. He says the stray dogs had become a huge challenge especially to school going children and residents with livestock.

Dr. Mwebembezi says most of the stray dogs carry diseases since they are not vaccinated. The decision to eliminate the stray dogs had not gone down with their owners. Lawrence Mugisha, a resident of Ruti in Nyamitanga division, says dogs too have a right to live and shouldn't been killed.

Julius Katurebe, a resident of Koranorya in Kakiika division has been rearing dogs for the last 10 years. Katurebe explains that there are reasons that compel the stray dog to loiter into the streets such as lack of food in their homes and while others are running away from torture.

He says the authorities should have trapped the dogs and asked those willing to take them to do so. Crispus Tumusiime, a resident of Rwebikoona in Kamukuzi division has welcomed the decision to eliminate the stray dogs. He blames some of the accidents in the town involving motorcyclists on the stray dogs. 

Robert Mugabe Kakyebezi, the Mayor Mbarara Municipality says they asked dog owners to restrain them in July 2016, but most of them ignored the directive. He says as a result, the authorities are left with no option but to eliminate them in the interest of public safety.

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