Bulawayo City Council (BCC) will in September launch an operation to rid the city of stray dogs which have become a menace in the city.
The dog tie up order will run from September to November with the local authority warning dog owners that any dogs found roaming around will be shot.
The measure is being implemented following an increase in cases of residents being bitten by stray dogs.
Bulawayo Town Clerk Christopher Dube encouraged dog owners to adhere to city bylaws and regulations that govern dog keeping.
He urged members of the public to get their dogs vaccinated as the department of Veterinary Field Services will be undertaking a vaccination exercise for all dogs.
“All dogs within the Council area must be licensed and vaccinated against rabies,” he said.
“Be advised that BCC, ZRP, department of Veterinary Field Services and the SPCA to a tie up order from September 1 to November 30. During this period, any stray dog found will be shot,” warned Dube.
He said the city’s bylaws prohibits dog owners from allowing their dogs to roam outside their premises without restraint.
“Dogs shall only be kept where the property is secured with a fence or wall and is gated,” said Dube.
“Dog owners and the general public are hereby advised that in terms of the Bulawayo (Dog licensing and Control) bylaws, no person shall keep in the Council area more than two dogs in any property measuring less than 2000 square meters,” he said.