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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, March 20, 2018
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Shooting of stray dogs eyed


The Bacolod City Veterinary Office is still waiting for the Bureau of Animal Industry to deputize police officersso they can euthanize stray dogs in Bacolod City.

City Veterinarian Dr. Ma. Agueda de la Torre said yesterdaythat they have written to the BAI regional office on the matter and were asked to justify why they have to shoot stray dogs.

She said she explained that it is cheaper to shoot stray dogs than to use injectible chemicals to put them to sleep.

De la Torre said the mayor was asked tosend another letter explaining their favored method of putting the dogs to sleep, although the shooting of dog is an acceptable method, based on the Animal Welfare Act.

She said the city has only two vets, and one is assigned to the slaughterhouse, so they can not handle all the work.

De la Torre said it is only Barangay Estafania that has trained dog catchers. They turn over stray dogs they have impounded to the CVO.

Last year Brgy. Granada was awarded as Best Rabies implementor. This year it is Brgy. Granada, together with the Center for Animal Rescue Effort (CARE), she said.

The city has an existing Responsible Pet Ownership Ordinance or C.O. 544 authored by then councilor and now Vice Mayor El Cid. Familiaran in addition to a national law, De la Torre said.

She is encouraging the barangays to activate their Rabies Council, she said.

In 2017, the CVO impounded 460 dogs. About 128 dogswere adopted, 388 surrendered, 41 claimed and 679 dogs euthanized, she added.

Meanwhile, De la Torre said they have coordinatedwith CARE and conductedrabies vaccination in their clinic early this month, since March is considered Rabies Awareness Month.

There has been no documented human rabies case in Bacolod City from January 1 up to yesterday. Although one rabies case was reportedthey discarded it since it had no support, she said.

Last year there were three positive human rabies cases, she added.

De la Torre said that from the last week of January to March 15they were able to vaccinate about 11,841 dogsin five barangays which is about 21.9 percent of the estimated dog population of 54,000. They hope to vaccinate not less than 70 percent of the total dog population this year.

The five barangays covered are Taculing, Singcang, Tangub, Pahanocoy and Sum-ag, she said.

Their next schedule is Punta-Taytay, Cabug, Alijis, Mansilingan, Handumanan, Felisa, and Vista Alegre, she added.

De la Torre said they were able to vaccinate more than 80 percent of the dog populationin the last three years, which is higher than the national target of 70 percent.

In 2016, they were able to vaccinate about 46,126 or 85.4 percent and in 2017, they were able to vaccinate 47,577 or 88.1 percent of the total dog population in Bacolod, she said.

De la Torre said they provide free mass vaccination in the barangay. They can also vaccinate dogs and cats in their office but they will charge P50, to be paid to the City Treasurer’s Office.*CGS


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