Vet Department shot 12 cattle in Sanyati after crossing a red zone

By Regis Mhako

THE Veterinary Services Department this Saturday gunned down a herd of 12 cattle after crossing a foot and mouth red zone from Gokwe North to Sanyati.

The killing of the cattle follows the issuing of a destruction order in accordance with the law as a way of preventing the spread of foot and mouth disease in the area.

The cattle had crossed into Sanyati from Gokwe North, designated as a foot and mouth red zone, an area dominated by buffaloes.

Mashonaland West provincial veterinary services director, Dr Thokozani Mswela confirmed the development, saying the move was necessitated by the need to control the spread of the contagious foot and mouth disease.