3 Aug 2015

Lagos State Govt set to prosecute owners of stray animals

The Lagos State Government says it is set to prosecute owners of stray animals within the state metropolis.

According to an official statement from the State Ministry of Agriculture, the government would no longer fold its arms and allow the menace to persist and continue.

The statement further stressed that “in spite of government’s concern and awareness campaign on the danger posed by these stray animals in the society, the menace is still on the rise”.
“Apart from causing accidents on our roads, these stray animals could also spread contagious diseases such as anthrax, rabies, tuberculosis and other ailments that could lead to death,” the statement reads.
Also, the government reiterated that it is sending Agric-Marshals to all the Local Government Areas and Local Council Development Areas in the state as part of its stray animal control policy to put an end to the on-going menace.
“The state government expressed concern and would no longer tolerate the culture of releasing cattles at night along major roads and highways in the metropolis,” the government warned.
In the statement, residents are urged not to panic but move to a safe place when they come across stray animals such as cows, horses, dogs, pigs, rams, goats, monkeys, among others.

Residents, according to the statement are enjoined to cooperate with the authorities to rid the state off stray animals while owners of such animals were also advised to take adequate care of them to avoid confiscation.

Residents are however advised to call any of the following dedicated lines for immediate response if accosted with any of these stray animals; 08077775657, 08057761762, 07033348402 and 08023934920.
“Together, we can make Lagos a safe place if we all say no to stray animal on our road, and save lives,” it added.
Credit: PM News

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