Lagos Govt to prosecute owners of stray animals, pets • Bans cattle on roads

Lagos State government has reiterated its commitment to prosecute owners of domestic animals and pets that stray within the metropolis.

According to the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Toyin Suarau, in a statement made available to Lagos Metro at the weekend, the state government would no longer fold its arms and allow the menace stray animals cause to continue.

Suarau, at a meeting with Oko-Oba Animal Market Cattle dealers in Agege Local Government Area, noted that it was disheartening that in spite of the government‘s awareness campaign on the danger posed by these stray animals in the society, the menace was 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,” he said.

The commissioner revealed that the state government was 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 ongoing menace.

“The state government is concerned and would no longer tolerate the habit of releasing herds of cattle at night along major roads and highways in the metropolis,” he warned.

He also enjoined all residents to cooperate with the authorities to rid the state of stray animals, while advising owners of such animals to take adequate care of them to avoid confiscations.

Source: Nigerian Tribune