The Rwanda National Police (RNP) has called upon owners of dogs to take appropriate measures to control and prevent them from roaming in communities where they are likely to cause insecurity.
The call follows two separate incidents in Mageragere Sector of Nyarugenge District where stray dogs killed at least 24 goats in the last one week.
The latest incident occurred on Wednesday when stray dogs killed seven goats.
“We are investigating to identify owners of the dogs to take the right course of action. There are clear laws under which a dog should be handled,” Supt. Emmanuel Hitayezu, the police spokesperson for the City of Kigali, said.
“If you own a dog, you are required to keep it indoor or leash it when walking with it,” he added.
Dogs are said to be causing rabies.
“Under no circumstances should a dog be left to roam in communities unattended; it must be under full control of its owner or chained and held by an accountable and mature person.”
The ministerial order No. 009/11.30 of 18/11/2010 on animal husbandry especially in its articles 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10, underlines the requirements and procedures to own a dog, penalties to owners of abandoned dogs and action taken against stray dogs.