Animal regulation ordinance hurdles first reading

THE Bacolod City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance providing animal regulation and control in the city.

The ordinance, authored by Councilor Wilson Gamboa, stated that the Local Government Code mandates the Local government unit (LGU) to provide for the impounding of stray animals, regulate the keeping of animals in home or as part of business, and the slaughter, sale or disposition of the same, and adopt measures to prevent and penalize cruelty to animals.

He said there are several zoonotic diseases that can be transmitted to people from animals such as rabies, salmonella, and ringworm.

“To efficiently eliminate such diseases there is a need to control and regulate the possession and keeping of dogs and cats in homes and in business as well as to enhance our policy and guidelines for responsible pet ownership,” he added.

Section 9 of the proposed ordinance stated that all animals which could be carriers of the rabies virus are required to be vaccinated and shall be registered.

Certificate of vaccinations issued and validated by the City Veterinarian shall be a requirement for animal registration.

It shall be the duty of any person who owns or harbors any dog or cat in the city to have them inoculated by a licensed veterinarian. Vaccination shall be valid for a period of one year from date of inoculation.

No person, while residing in Bacolod, shall keep as a pet any dog or cat which is unvaccinated with anti-rabies vaccines. The refusal or failure by any owner thereof to have their animal vaccinated shall be punished under this ordinance subject to the existing rules and regulations, it added.

Section 11 of the proposed ordinance also stated that subject to existing laws, rules and regulations, any person found violating this ordinance shall be penalized with prescribed penalties of P1,000 for first offense or with an imprisonment of five days, P3,000, and P5,000 for the second and third offenses, respectively, or with an imprisonment of 15 to 30 days. (MAP)
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