Jinja municipal residents are living in fear over the increasing number of stray dogs there. According to the residents, stray dogs have become a menace in the town exposing their lives to danger.
Joseph Miwanyisa, a butcher in Walukuba Market in Masese division, says he lost over 20 kilograms of meat to the stray dogs on Sunday. He faults the authorities for not doing enough to control stray dogs in the area.
Josephine Nambi, trader in the same market, says most of the stray dogs terrorizing the area come from cattle farms on the outskirts of the town. The dogs scavenge around the abattoir and garbage skips for food.
Ali Kasadha, a patient at Jinja Regional Referral Hospital says that the dogs have become a huge scare especially at night. According to Kasadha, the dogs invade the hospital compound and make a lot of noise at night, making the hospital insecure for patients and their caretakers.
Suzan Nakalema, the Health Inspector Masese Division, says they tried to speak the owners of the dogs to restrain them in vain. According to Nakalema, they have plans to poison the stray dogs and cats.
Francis Byabagambi, the Town Clerk Jinja Municipality, says they have plans to eliminate all stray dogs but lack the needed resources.
“Poisoning dogs seems an easy venture but it’s not. After killing the dogs, we have to dispose them off, so it requires proper planning,” he said.
He says the move is aimed at stopping the dogs from harming residents, saying some of them could be infected with rabies since they are not immunized.