DCI on Friday addressed the issue of animal cruelty following the incident where a man ate a dog out of starvation.
Through a tweet, the authorities stated that strict measures would be taken against those found mistreating animals.
The law enforcers reiterated that a citizen would be found guilty if he or she cruelly beats, kicks, ill-treats, over-rides, over-drives, over-loads, tortures, infuriates or terrifies any animal.
According to the Prevention of Cruelty Act Chapter 360 of 2012, the offender would be subjected to a fine not exceeding Sh 3000 or a jail term not exceeding six months or both.
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act|Chapter 360 Revised Edition 2012(1983) states:-
3(1) A person shall be guilty of an offence of cruelty if he/she-
a)Cruelly beats, kicks, ill treats, over-rides, over-drives, over-loads, tortures, infuriates or terrifies any animal. pic.twitter.com/byD8N2X3dh
— DCI KENYA (@DCI_Kenya) September 6, 2019
The directive came after a man on Thursday had been apprehended after he had killed a dog, cooked it and had it as a meal.
The man identified as Munene from Tharaka Nithi County, had resulted to the act after he explained that he had lacked food for three days.
“I was ashamed of persistently begging my neighbors for food.
“I, therefore, was preparing the dog meat with the small Ugali that I had already cooked,” explained Munene.
The offender had been locked up at Chogoria Police Station awaiting to be presented in court on Friday.
The circumstances facing the man however changed when DPP Noordin Haji ordered his release and directed the county criminal investigation officer to work hand in hand with the county commissioner to provide enough food for the man.