The Director of the Sierra Leone animal Welfare Society, Dr. Abdul G Jalloh has disclosed that the number of dogs in the streets of the Western Area were too many and over 174,651.
Dr. Jalloh was yesterday speaking at a meeting held at the Freetown City Council with the Rotary Club discussing the way forward on sustainable humane stray dogs and rabies control programme.
Dr. Jalloh further said with an increase in the population of dogs is also a recipe for the increase in rabies stating further that in as much as dogs protect us and can be referred to as honest security, they should be taken care of to avoid rabies more so as the children at home play with them.
He called on everybody to join hands with FCC and to sensitize the public about rabies.
The Acting Deputy Director of the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr J.E.D. Terry said his ministry was limited in vaccinating dogs to last with them for one year and it cost Le 10,000.
He advised that Dogs should be vaccinated 2 times a year to control stray and scabies.
Making his statement at the meeting, the Environment Officer of City Council, Sulaiman Parker explained that the purpose of the meeting was to form a steering committee to work with the City Council in putting Stray Dogs and Rabies under control.
He said the problem cannot be handled just by the Council, SLAWS and Rotary Club but with the involvement of institutions and other relevant stakeholders in addressing the menace.
The Environment Officer further said the FCC has been given responsibilities to register and license dogs adding that the police will be involved to help them carry out their work.
By Emmanuella Kallon