Nairobians to pay Sh5,000 fine for dogs that bark for more than six minutes an hour

Nairobians to pay Sh5,000 fine for dogs that bark for more than six minutes an hour

A by-law pending passing by the Nairobi County Assembly proposes to fine dog owners in the city Sh5,000 if the canines bark for more than six minutes within an hour!

The Dog Control and Welfare Bill, 2015, says, “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.”

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In addition, the proposed law states that any dogs that charge at vehicles, people, poultry and animals outside the compounds where they are kept will also face similar fines.

It remains to be seen how the county government plans to implement the law, especially how to determine that a dog barked for six minutes and not five!

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