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Kabul residents complain about stray dogs

Kabul residents complain about stray dogs

Mar 30, 2011 - 12:30

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Residents of Kabul are calling for the municipality to launch a cull of stray dogs, the number of which has now topped 2,000.

 “If we walk on the road at night, dozens of dogs chase and bark at us, and no one dares travel the roads alone at night,” said Abdul Wahab, a resident of Qala-i-Zaman Khan.

He said sometimes they cannot sleep at night for the barking of all the dogs.

Killing the dogs would solve all the problems, he said.

Bahadur, 75, a resident of Deh Afghanan, said: “I cannot even go to evening prayer at the mosqueinfo-icon for fear of the stray dogs.”

He also complained about the noise at night from the dogs.

Similarly, Zahra, a resident of Kot-i-Sangi, said she also had problems with stray dogs in her area, especially Halabi Sazi street, where she lives.

 “Only in our street, which is known as Halabi Sazi street, do the stray dogs wander in groups in the evening. If they see anyone late at night, they run after them.”

She is afraid the dogs have rabies, and said it was the responsibility of the Ministry of Public Healthinfo-icon and the municipality to ensure the stray dogs did not bother people in the city.

Nesar Ahmad Habibi, head of cleaning department at the Kabul municipality, said stray dogs were a problematic issue. “We realize the problems of our citizens and we are under pressure because of this issue. I wish it was our responsibility to prepare poison for stray dogs.”

He said they had asked the Ministry of Public Health many times for some strychnine, a poisonous chemical, which they could use to kill the stray dogs.

According to Habibi, two months ago, the Ministry of Public Health provided them with just 3 kilograms of strychnine, which should have been enough to kill 2,300 stray dogs, but was not.

If the ministry does not provide them with enough poison, the number of stray dogs will increase and those with rabies will pose a serious health risk to the city’s residents.

Last year, over 5,000 stray dogs were killed in different parts of the city with the cooperation of the municipality.

Ghulam Sakhi Kargar, a spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health, said they did not have any strychnine to give the municipality. They planned to import it with the help of the Worldinfo-icon Health Organisation so that they could start a city-wide cull.

He said the campaign would be launched in the next two months, but did not set a date.

He also added that two months ago as a result of a one-week campaign they killed around 3,000 stray dogs in various parts of the city.

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