CPF’s concern over stray dogs problem
Call on municipality to apply by-laws
THE Community Policing Forum (CPF) in Komani is tackling the issue of stray dogs. The Rep reported (“Stray dogs headache for SPCA” June 2) that the SPCA had expressed concern over the growing number of stray dogs in Komani.
Tim de Jongh of the CPF said this week the national SPCA had been approached following concern over the matter. Incidents of poaching in the Komani Hospital complex, where there was small game, had been reported, while dogs had been found dead in snares along the hospital fence.
Farmers had also expressed unhappiness about strays and dogs being used for poaching.
Officials from the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform had encountered a case of rabies in the area, which was cause for concern.
De Jongh said the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality (EMLM) had a responsibility to reinforce by-laws including ensuring that people had dog licences and that the number of dogs per yard was restricted.
“Dog licensing could be a source of income. Any unlicensed dog should be put into a pound and if not collected or adopted, should be disposed of per SPCA protocol.”
Unemployed persons could earn an income by impounding such dogs and acting as inspectors. “This is the responsibility of the municipality, not the SPCA or the police.”
Restaurants and food outlets should ensure they did not become “feeding spots” for strays by effectively disposing of their litter.
De Jongh said people eating in parking lots and then throwing bones down, had to take care as this contributed towards an increase in strays in the CBD.
Reacting to complaints about livestock on the roads and residential areas of Komani and surrounds, he said anyone having problems with roaming livestock could call Chris Hani Disaster Management on 0800-100-100 or the control centre of the EMLM (045) 839-2181 and/or the provincial number 0800-644-644 for a truck to be dispatched.
EMLM spokesman Fundile Feketshane said by-laws for dogs was “still a pipe-dream” being discussed. There would be public participation for input.