Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Register pets or pay fine: agency

TAKE care of your pets or you will have to pay a fine, the Cebu City Department of Veterinary Medicine and Fisheries (DVMF) warned pet owners in the city.

After assuming full-time as city veterinarian, Dr. Alice Utlang said they have started the intensified enforcement of local ordinances concerning responsible pet ownership.

The DVMF has ongoing efforts to register all the dogs in the city, so it can provide vaccination and other services.

“All dogs should be registered, almost all barangays are doing it, but not all residents have registered their dogs so we are urging them to register,” Utlang told reporters.

For the first three months of this year, Utlang said they gave free rabies shots to registered dogs and cats even if their owners have not paid the P150 registration fee.

Starting March, Utlang said they started collecting the P150 registration fee, but those who can’t afford may secure a certificate of indigency from the Department of Social Welfare and Services so they can register for free.

As of April 30, Dr. Jessica Maribojoc, acting chief of the animal health division, said they already collected P363,300 from dog registration. So far, there are 2,422 pets registered.

DVMF has also started to issue citation tickets for dog owners who did not register their dogs, which is allowed under City Ordinance (CO) 2238 and amended by CO 1802.

DVMF is now conducting massive registration and vaccination for dogs in barangays with the most number of rabies cases.
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