Dog owners in Nairobi county should prepared to be fined for failing to keep their canines quiet is a Bill goes through.
The Bill at the county assembly proposes to have city residents fined KSh 5,000 if their pets bark for more than six minutes within an hour.
“A person shall not keep any dog which barks, yelps, howls or whines for more than six accumulated minutes in an hour or more than three accumulated minutes in half an hour.
A person who contravenes the provisions of this Act or fails to comply with any order or direction given under this Act shall be punishable with a fine not exceeding KSh 5,000,” the Nairobi City County Dog Control and Welfare Bill, 2015, states.
The Bill sponsored by Kayole South MCA Elizabeth Manyala also wants all dogs above six months old to be licensed and tagged with symbols bearing Nairobi county marks. Those without tags shall be seized and owners will have to pay a fine of between KSh 2,000 and KSh 5,000 to have them back.
To protect the dogs’ welfare, the proposed law prohibits a person from keeping or leaving a bitch on heat in any place which will permit a male dog to approach it.
Nairobi county assembly has been on the spot for poor legislative record having passed only two Bills in 14 months to August.