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Bombo Town Council Starts Implementing Bylaw on Registration of Pets

The Bombo town council (comprehensive) bylaw 2018 takes effect after it was approved by Luweero District Council and Solicitor General after scrutiny. Among the key regulations are those that involve keeping pets and other animals in the town. According to section 95 of the bylaw, a person shall not keep a dog or cat exceeding six months of age which is not registered by the town council.
Osman Kassim the LC 3 Chairperson of Bombo town council

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Authorities in Bombo town council have started to enforce a bylaw that compels residents to register pets to restore order and prevent nuisance.

The Bombo town council (comprehensive) bylaw 2018 takes effect after it was approved by Luweero District Council and Solicitor General after scrutiny. Among the key regulations are those that involve keeping pets and other animals in the town. 

According to section 95 of the bylaw, a person shall not keep a dog or cat exceeding six months of age which is not registered by the town council.

The by-law stipulates in section 95 (3) that the town council will offer registration certificates to pets every financial year and no dog will be registered unless the owner produces a valid certificate from a veterinary officer that it was vaccinated with the vaccine approved by Commissioner for Animal Health in the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries.

Upon registration, the council shall give the dog a badge or collar and dogs found loitering in town without badges it commits an offence.  Section 98 of the bylaw says that dogs without badges will be impounded and kept at the town council offices not more five days before it is killed or the owner pays a fine.

Osman Kassim Ramathan, the LCIII Chairperson of Bombo town says that after obtaining approval, they have started to sensitize the residents before they enforce the bylaw.

Osman says that the dogs had become a threat to residents and recently a resident spent eight months seeking treatment from Entebbe Hospital after he was bitten.

He says that in the bylaw, it will be easy to trace for the owner of the dog which attacks a person and holds him accountable.

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Dithan Kikabi the Luwero District Speaker says that the bylaw was scrutinized and approved after finding out that it was not contradicting with National laws. He added that the bylaw also seeks to restore order and ensure residents live in peace.

Muhamadi Mustapha a resident of Namaliga zone in Bombo town council says that the by-law is timely because there has been an increase in the number of stray-dogs in the town.

The bylaws have also introduced other regulations against taxi guides, markets, operation of bars, ban on the sale of sachet waragi and imposes a restriction on trees planted in the area.  

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