Dr. Tom Kasadha, the Jinja District Veterinary Officer says they are in the process of physically sterilizing stray animals to contain their population.
Jinja district is considering sterilizing stray pets to contain their population. The decision follows the persistent increase in the number of stray dogs and cats in Jinja over the years, which have become a nuisance. The affected areas are Bugembe town council, Masese, Mafubira, Wanyange, Wairaka villages, Jinja central division and Mpummude / Kimaka division.
Dr. Tom Kasadha, the Jinja District Veterinary Officer says they are in the process of physically sterilizing stray animals to contain their population. Physical sterilization involves the surgical removal of part of the reproductive organs from an animal to make it unable to reproduce. Dr. Kasadha says the pet population increased after some of the residents allowed their cats and dogs to reproduce with little chance of finding homes for their offspring. Locals claim that stray pets have become a menace in their area and a danger to their lives.
They fear that some of the dogs maybe infected with Rabies since they are not immunized. Musa Kayiwa, a resident of Masese village in Walukuba/ Masese division says he lost 3 goats to stray dogs. He accuses the authorities of doing nothing to tame the animals. Sarah Wailugala, a resident of Mafubira village in Mafubira Sub County lost two goats. Wailugala says that she was shocked to find out that dogs had devoured her goats and three hens she was planning to sell and get some money to support her family.
Wailugala wants the local leaders to intervene by killing all stray dogs in their area because they cause more harm. Mubarak Kirunda, the Jinja Central Division LC III chairperson says he has received several complaints from residents who have lost their animals to stray dogs. He calls for the expeditious implementation of the program to sterilize the stray dogs.