Wednesday, November 28, 2007

City of Cape Town discusses animal safety

By Marthe van der Wolf
28 November 2007



The City of Cape Town will hold a meeting on Thursday around the concerns of violent attacks on dogs. Residents have expressed their concerns with the violent attacks. A new Animal By-Law is under the spotlight by the city’s working group.

The main issues concerning dogs was the impounding of barking dogs and restricting the number of dogs on properties.

The City has received many complaints of people who have protested against any actions taken against barking dogs. But an equal number of people have let the City know that barking dogs have made their lives very unpleasant.

"The new issues include violent dogs, the poor state of the animal pound, the need for major sterilisation, identification tags for animals as well as control of backyard dog breeders will also be discussed," says Chairperson of the City’s Safety and Security Portfolio Committee JP Smith.

The capacity of the City’s Animal Control Unit will also be discussed in the by-law.

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