Measures taken to round up stray dogs
I REFER to the letter from Judith Ward headlined 'No sleep thanks to strays' (South China Morning Post, August 28) and would like to advise residents in the vicinity of Stanley Road of the action taken by this department.
This Department is aware of residents' concern about stray dogs in the vicinity of Stanley Village Road. Dog control staff conducted many operations at different times of the day during August and eight stray dogs were caught and removed.
The dog control staff are not permitted to use firearms or poison to control dogs for public safety and animal welfare reasons. Residents are requested to assist with the dog control measures by not feeding stray dogs and ensuring that rubbish is placed in containers so that the dogs are denied access to food. Complaints and information regarding stray dogs should be relayed to the nearest Government Kennel (in this case at Victoria Road, tel: 2551 8586) during office hours.
The staff will continue to patrol the area and remove stray dogs.
R. RUBIRA Veterinary Officer, Rabies Control for Director of Agriculture and Fisheries