PVO: Eliminate all stray dogs in Cadiz-A A +A
Monday, May 26, 2014
FOLLOWING a rabies outbreak, Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena ordered the elimination of all stray dogs in Cadiz City.
A random test showed that two of six stray dogs checked in the northern Negros city are rabid.
Decena said he has directed Dr. Josue Rabang, city veterinarian of Cadiz, for "an immediate depopulation of the area."
Under the law, depopulation is allowed when the situation warrants it.
When they already "endanger the life and limbs of the people, rabid dogs should be eliminated."
Records of the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) showed that as of May 23, there are already 11 dogs found to be rabid in Negros Occidental, including four in Bacolod and three in Cadiz.
Last month, the PVO had declared a rabies outbreak in two towns and three cities, including Pulupundan and Binalbagan towns and the cities of Bacolod, Cadiz, and San Carlos.
Rabies is a human infection that occurs after a transdermal bite or scratch by an infected animal, like dogs and cats. It can be transmitted when infectious material, usually saliva, comes into direct contact with a victim’s fresh skin lesions.
Decena had been appealing to dog owners to be "responsible pet owners."
"If an individual wants to own a dog, he should regularly feed it, put it in a cage so that it will not get away and bite someone or be bitten by a rabid dog," the PVO chief said.
Decena had earlier admitted that the Provincial Government does not have enough vaccines for the dog population in the province. Of the 219,000 dogs in Negros Occidental, only 24,000 have been vaccinated.
The PVO aims to reach 80 percent of the total dog population for vaccination.
The Department of Health noted that although rabies is not among the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in the country, it is regarded as a significant public health problem because it is one of the most acutely fatal infection and it is responsible for the death of 200 to 300 Filipinos annually.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 26, 2014.