Aside from zero incident of dog and human rabies in 2017, the Office of the City Veterinarian in Dumaguete City also contributed to the city coffers P7.8 million in fees from regulatory services to promote foot safety, and veterinary services to protect public health, promote food sufficiency and control of animal diseases.
Pest control clearance fees amounted to P4.6 million, and fish and meat inspection fees, at P0.25 centavo per kilo, amounted to more than P1.5 million. Other fees came from dressed chicken inspection fees from poultry raisers in the city.
Most notable of the fees is when the avian influenza hit Luzon; that was an opportunity for the city to collect extra income out of the city veterinary health certificate at P25 per gamefowl.
City veterinarian, Dr. Lourdes Socorro, said that after the avian influenza in Luzon, the Bureau of Animal Industry required shippers of animals and poultry, including gamefowl, to secure health certificates before shipping out their produce through airports or seaports.
Socorro has examined and issued veterinary health certificates to at least 6,639 animals, earning for the city an extra income of P189,866, ending December last year.
Based on veterinary health certificates issued, Socorro said she found out that hundreds, if not thousands, of animals are shipped out of the province twice a week while gamefowl are shipped almost every day.
During the same period, 11,338 livestock and poultry animals were vaccinated against endemic diseases, including 1,348 heads of cattle, 111 heads of carabao, 1,718 heads of swine, and 8,161 heads of poultry.
The city vet has also treated 235 cattle, 27 carabaos, 89 swine, and 768 heads of poultry, dewormed 5,479 livestock and has inspected 6,097,939 kilograms or an average of 16,707 kilograms of fish every day. It condemned or confiscated 2,465 kilograms of fish for being unwholesome or not fit for consumption.
Socorro also reported that her office vaccinated 15,397 dogs out of the 12,000 targeted in 2017, euthanized 636, and neutered 766.
She added that all 46 victims of dog bites were found negative for rabies.
To support the campaign for responsible pet ownership and promote animal welfare, the City Vet treated 1,711 dogs, dewormed 1,773, gave vitamins to 978, and about 51 dogs underwent cosmetic surgeries.*JG
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