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Kiambu County starts killing stray dogs

30 March 2015, 10:50 Jayden Kanuri

Kiambu - The Kiambu County government has announced plans to start killing all stray dogs in the county, stating Monday.

According to the county’s Executive for Agriculture Monica Waiganjo, such dogs are a threat to residents since most of them are not vaccinated.

A report by the veterinary department, indicates that an initial plan to poison the dogs failed after the county ran out of strychnine, the bait used to kill dogs.

"Rapid increase in dog population for the last two years has been due to lack of poison from the National Director of Veterinary Services, who is the only authorized importing agency," said Waiganjo.

The most affected area is in Ting'ang'a Ward, where a woman was seriously injured in attack by stray dogs late last month.

The attack is said to have revitalized calls for the slaying of all stray dogs, a campaign championed by local MCA Lawrence Mwaura.

Also read: Mugabe neighbour fined over roaming dogs

Mwaura requested an official statement on why the veterinary department had failed to poison all the stray dogs.

Starting Monday, therefore, the department will conduct a countywide control of all stray dogs by baiting in order to avoid future disasters.

The department will also, with other stakeholders, vaccinate dogs against rabies and neuter them to reduce unwanted and uncontrolled births.

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