In Summary
  • Nairobi County government estimates there are about 50,000 stray dogs which pose serious risk to city dwellers.

  • A recent dog survey report by World Animal Protection established that 53 percent of dog owners in Nairobi allow their canines to roam freely, especially at night on belief that it is the animals’ natural behaviour.

Are you a dog owner? Do you let your canine roam freely in your estate? You may want to reconsider.

Parliament is debating a bill that will see you face stiff sanctions should your dog be found loitering.

The Control of Stray Dogs Bill, 2019, that was introduced to the Senate on Tuesday, proposes that owners ensure that their dogs do not pose a risk or cause nuisance to members of the public.

FINE

Should a canine be caught free-roaming, the owner shall be liable, on conviction, to a fine not exceeding Sh300,000 or to a jail term of not less one year.

The bill, sponsored by nominated Senator Mary Seneta, seeks to repeal the Rabies Act and provide the mechanism of dealing with the menace of stray dogs.

The Rabies Act was enacted in 1932 and has only amended once, in 1962, and Ms Seneta argues that it is outdated and cannot deal with threats posed by stray dogs which pose serious human, health and welfare problems.

“With the promulgation of the new Constitution it has become important to overhaul the Act in order to take into account the provisions of the Fourth Schedule to the Constitution on the functions of the county governments,” Ms Seneta states in the memorandum of objects of the Bill.

Nairobi County government estimates there are about 50,000 stray dogs which pose serious risk to city dwellers.

NEW SURVEY

A recent dog survey report by World Animal Protection, a London-based lobby, established that 53 percent of dog owners in Nairobi allow their canines to roam freely, especially at night on belief that it is the animals’ natural behaviour.

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