Jawzjan municipality hanging stray dogs
SHIBERGHAN (PAN): One man tied a rope around the neck of a dog, threw the rope over a tree branch to a colleague, who pulled the rope tight.
The dog struggled, roared, whimpered and then fell quiet.
Mohammad Murad, one of the two men, is an official of the cleaning department of the municipality. He said they were hanging dogs because they were strays and did not eat the poisoned meat that the municipality put down.
The municipality has ordered that all stray dogs in Shiberghan be killed.
“I just perform my duties. I do what my officer tells me, we obey orders,” Murad said. “It is very difficult for me to hang dogs, but I have to obey orders.”
Murad said they tried to kill the dogs in remote areas, so that they were out of sight of children and women.
Mohammad Ishaq, head of the cleaning department, said they started to round up stray dogs 10 days ago after residents complained.
So far, they have rounded up and killed 47 dogs, he said
“We tried many times to give them poisoned meat, but it seemed as though they knew the meat was poisoned because none of them ate it.”
He said their only alternative was to round up the dogs and hang them.
Mohammad Zahir Nazari, acting head of Shiberghan municipality, said they had killed a number of dogs but needed the help of the residents to keep the population down.
The acting mayor of Shiberghan, Muhammad Zahir Nazari, said the decision was agreed by managers and directors of the municipality.
“Some managers suggested we kill the dogs by giving them poisoned meat, but after we found that the dogs were not eating the poisoned meat, we decided to hang them,” he said.
In the past, they had injected the poison into the strays, but this time round, the department of public health only provided powder which wa not as effective.
Residents in Shiberghan are mixed about the latest methods of killing the dogs.
“Four days ago I woke up at 4am to get a bus to Kabul. Two stray dogs attacked me and bit my leg,” said Abdul Matin, 34, a resident of Shinkoot village.
Matin, a shopkeeper, said the dogs ripped his clothes and injured his leg, so he was not able to go on his trip.
“Recently, the number of stray dogs has increased in the city, and a number of them are sick and have rabies which is dangerous for people,” he said.
Mohammad Isa, 26, said there were too many stray dogs on the streets which were causing all sorts of problems. He said many people left puppies on the street if their dog had too many or discarded their own dog if it lost a dogfight.
Abdul Jamil 22, a student of mines at Jawzjan University said he had been attacked by a pack of dogs a few days ago while on his way to school.
“I started to shout for help, and some men came and rescued me,” he said.
He criticised the municipality and said something should have been done before now.
Ahmad Wali, 28, a resident of Shiberghan city, however, is against hanging saying they should find a more humane method to get rid of the dogs.
He agreed that something should be done, but said hanging was not right.
“We should not hang the animals, in this way they suffer a lot.”
Dr. Mirwais Amini, head of civic hospital of Shiberghan, said they had given 200 kilograms of poison to the municipality two months ago to get rid of the dogs, but nothing had been done.
He said it was true that some of the dogs had rabies and if they bit a human, that person could die if they did not seek medical help in time
Maulvi Wali Mohammad Shibani, head of media at the department of Hajj and Islamic Affairs in Jawzjan, said there was no Islamic law against killing stray dogs which were considered to be a danger to society.
Shibani said the municipality should have taken action earlier.
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