TECH­NOL­OGY FOR STRAY PET DOGS

Animal Scene - - CLASSIFIED -

Text by RA­MON FRAN­CISCO

As Christ­mas carols float in the air, stray dogs play in streets, al­leys, and plazas in Metro Manila.

The Makati gov­ern­ment has de­cided to im­plant mi­crochips in the pet dogs of res­i­dents, es­pe­cially of vil­lages and sub­di­vi­sions

The city gov­ern­ment, led by Mayor Abby Bi­nay, said it wanted to be ra­bies-free. She stressed that the mi­crochips will be im­planted upon reg­is­tra­tion with the lo­cal vet­eri­nar­ian. The mi­crochips are de­signed to mon­i­tor the move­ments of “askals” or stray dogs and “naughty” pet dogs of some ir­re­spon­si­ble pet own­ers who let loose their dogs with­out any pet ID tag.

The mi­crochip is read by a scan­ner passed over the crea­ture’s shoul­der.

The de­vice will en­able Makati vet­eri­nar­i­ans and pound au­thor­i­ties to iden­tify pet own­ers who let their dogs roam at night, en­dan­ger­ing kids and pedes­tri­ans be­cause they have not had their anti-ra­bies shots and pol­lut­ing the streets with waste, lead­ing to health risks

And to boost its anti-ra­bies ef­forts, Makati is also look­ing into re­ported killings of cats.

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