Dumaguete Councilor Dan Leon said dog bites in the city are alarming.
In the session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod recently, Leon showed a statistics of dog bites for 2015 from the Animal Bite Center. He said that in summary, the data showed 1,005 cases of dog bites in Dumaguete.
The report excluded those persons who met an accident due to stray dogs. He said he is hoping the SP, especially the Committee on Finance and Appropriation, will help him appropriate funds for the ordinance that provides for the establishment of mobile holding pen for dogs so that this will be implemented to address the problem on stray dogs.
Councilor Lionil Banogon, chairman of the SP Committee on Barangay Affairs, said the ordinance cannot as yet be implemented because of lack of funds for the fabrication of the mobile holding pen. He requested the Secretariat to ask the Local Finance Committee to look for funds for the holding pen.
Councilor Franklin Esmeña Jr. echoed Leon's sentiment and supported his colleague's call to allot fund for the ordinance to address the perennial problem on stray dogs.
Councilor Jose Victor Imbo said he has introduced an ordinance for the enhancement of responsible pet ownership now pending for deliberation. He said he believed that with such proposed measure, the concern on animal bites and stray dogs will be reduced.
Councilor Tony Remollo said he wished to be informed of the status of the ordinance authored by Leon on the establishment of mobile holding pen for dogs. *RG
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