City gets tough on stray dogs

City gets tough on stray dogs

THE City of Windhoek says it is experiencing a huge problem with dog owners who don’t comply with dog control regulations.

Dog owners are required to licence their dogs and make sure that they stay in the yard and do not roam the streets. Dogs must be vaccinated against rabies, may not pose a risk to people or cause a nuisance by barking incessantly.Failure by the dog owner to comply with these regulations will result in action being taken against the owner by the City of Windhoek.The Municipality, in conjunction with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), will conduct a campaign from September to November to enforce these regulations.The operation will include door-to-door inspections to verify that all dogs are licensed.Traps will be set to catch stray dogs.Fines will be issued for any contravention.Failure to pay the fines will result in the owners’ dogs being impounded, and owners could ultimately be arrested.Impounded dogs will be taken to the SPCA and dog owners will have to pay boarding fees of N$50 per day to have the dogs returned to them.Owners will also be liable to pay additional fees, such as for the feeding and cleaning of the animal.Should the animal not be collected within three days it will be rehomed or destroyed.Dog licences must be renewed every year.They are available from any municipal office at a cost of N$15 per neutered of spayed dog, and $30 for dogs that have not been spayed or neutered.Owners have to bring along their dogs’ sterilisation certificates as proof in order to qualify for the lower tariff.During this campaign pets will also be vaccinated against infectious diseases.It should also be noted that people living in informal settlements are not allowed to keep dogs, because they don’t have yards in which to confine their pets in terms of the municipal regulations.Dogs must be vaccinated against rabies, may not pose a risk to people or cause a nuisance by barking incessantly.Failure by the dog owner to comply with these regulations will result in action being taken against the owner by the City of Windhoek.The Municipality, in conjunction with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), will conduct a campaign from September to November to enforce these regulations.The operation will include door-to-door inspections to verify that all dogs are licensed.Traps will be set to catch stray dogs.Fines will be issued for any contravention.Failure to pay the fines will result in the owners’ dogs being impounded, and owners could ultimately be arrested.Impounded dogs will be taken to the SPCA and dog owners will have to pay boarding fees of N$50 per day to have the dogs returned to them.Owners will also be liable to pay additional fees, such as for the feeding and cleaning of the animal.Should the animal not be collected within three days it will be rehomed or destroyed.Dog licences must be renewed every year.They are available from any municipal office at a cost of N$15 per neutered of spayed dog, and $30 for dogs that have not been spayed or neutered.Owners have to bring along their dogs’ sterilisation certificates as proof in order to qualify for the lower tariff.During this campaign pets will also be vaccinated against infectious diseases.It should also be noted that people living in informal settlements are not allowed to keep dogs, because they don’t have yards in which to confine their pets in terms of the municipal regulations.

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