Lagos - The Lagos State Government said it was set to prosecute owners of stray animals within the metropolis to make Lagos a safe haven for all.
A statement by the state Ministry of Agriculture said that the government would no longer fold its arms and allow the menace to continue.
''In spite of government’s concern and awareness campaign on the danger posed by these stray animals in the society, the menace is still on the rise.
''Apart from causing accidents on our roads, these stray animals can also spread contagious diseases such as anthrax, rabies, tuberculosis and other ailments that could lead to death," it said.
The government, the statement said, would deploy Agric-Marshals to all the local government areas and local council development areas, as part of measures to curb the menace.
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''The sate government is concerned and will no longer tolerate the culture of releasing cattles at night along major roads and highways in the metropolis, '' it said.
The statement urged residents not to panic but move to a safe place when they come across stray animals such as cows, horses, dogs, pigs, rams, goats, monkeys and others.
It also appealed to residents to cooperate with the authorities to rid the state of stray animals, while owners of such animals were also advised to take adequate care of them to avoid confiscation and prosecution.
''Residents can call any of the following dedicated lines for immediate response if accosted by any stray animals; 08077775657, 08057761762, 07033348402 and 08023934920.
''Together we can make Lagos a safe place, if we all say no to stray animal on our roads, and save lives," it said.