16,249 stray dogs caught since January

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

THE Office of the City Veterinarian in Davao City was able to impound a total of 16,249 stray dogs in the metropolis from January to March 19.

Intensifying their impounding operation, City Veterinarian Dr. Cerelyn B. Pinili said the average number of impounded dogs each day reaches 15.

She said the impounding of stray dogs is based on the City Ordinance No. 1457, which provides that a "dog shall be considered stray if they are not accompanied by its own owner and found wandering in streets, plazas, markets, school premises, and other public places".


The ordinance provides that "dogs impounded will be under the care of the Office of the City Veterinarian for three days only and are subject for euthanasia or mercy killing".

"Ang pag conduct sa euthanasia, acceptable na siya as per Department of Agriculture (DA) (Euthansia is an acceptable policy as per DA rule)," Pinili said.

Pinili said the districts of Buhangin and Talomo recorded the highest number of stray cats and dogs.

"Pinaka daghan siya in terms of population. Kung makita ninyo daghan kaayo diha ug population so naturally, ang population sa dogs taas pud (It's high in terms of the number of population. High number of population comes with high number of dogs in the area)," she said.

Hence, she said they also intensified their vaccination program, especially in Talomo, Buhangin and Poblacion Districts.

"Pero ang focus gyud sa among vaccination is sa Talomo since mao pud ang naay nag positive last year (But we focused more in Talomo)," she said.

So far, she said there were already 114 dogs and cats vaccinated in Davao City alone.

"Very positive ang response sa public (vaccination). Pero naa gihapon uban medyo naga reklamo ngano dili ibalik ang house to house (The response of the public is very positive. However, others complained and asked us to revive the house to house vaccination)," Pinili said.

Pinili reminded the pubic that it has always been the pet owner's responsibility to subject their dogs for vaccination.

Last year, she said around 70,000 dogs in Davao City received vaccination.

The veterinarian office allocated P2.7 million for the rabies control program: P1.5 million for the purchase of vaccines, some P150,000 for the flyers, and the excess goes to the honorarium of the veterinarians and job orders.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 21, 2014.

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