CPF’s concern over stray dogs prob­lem

Call on mu­nic­i­pal­ity to ap­ply by-laws

The Rep - - NEWS - SONJA RAASCH

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.

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