An­i­mal wel­fare or­di­nance ok’d

Sun Star Bacolod - - Front Page - BY MERLINDA A. PE­DROSA

THE an­i­mal wel­fare or­di­nance in Ba­colod City was ap­proved by the City Coun­cil on its third and fi­nal read­ing.

The or­di­nance was au­thored by Coun­cilor Wilson Gam­boa Jr., chair­per­son of the City Coun- cil com­mit­tee on ways and means.

Gam­boa said the or­di­nance aims to pro­tect an­i­mals from abuse and cru­elty and to pro­mote the right to health of the peo­ple and to safe­guard the pub­lic from pos­si­ble an­i­mal hazards.

He said this or­di­nance shall be en­forced and im­ple­mented by the duly au­tho­rized of­fi­cers of City Health Of­fice (CHO), City Ve­teri­nary Of­fice (CVO), City Le­gal Of­fice and/or of the duly au­tho­rized per­son­nel of the barangay con­cerned af­ter at­tend­ing the ed­u­ca­tional

train­ing and sem­i­nar given by au­tho­rized of­fice – an em­pow­er­ment of the City Gov­ern­ment of Ba­colod to reg­u­late the keep­ing of do­mes­ti­cated an­i­mals and to con­trol stray and own­er­less an­i­mals es­pe­cially the dogs and cats.

He said the or­di­nance strictly pro­vides a max­i­mum num­ber of four per house­hold for dogs and/ or cats or not more than eight pets; pup­pies and kit­tens less than four months old shall not be counted.

“More than eight pets are al­lowed by said or­di­nance pro­vided the house­hold has a good space se­cured by a closed fence and the vac­ci­na­tion re­quire­ments have com­plied and that all an­i­mals shall be kept in a suf­fi­cient space ap­pro­pri­ate for them es­pe­cially if it is in cage or ken­nel,” he added.

Gam­boa noted all cats and dogs shall be reg­is­tered with the City Vet­eri­nar­ian Of­fice af­ter they reach three months of age and for com­mer­cial busi­nesses of breed­ing, sell­ing, vend­ing and train­ing of an­i­mals, they should have a valid An­i­mal Wel­fare Com­pli­ance Cer­tifi­cate is­sued by the City Ve­teri­nary Of­fice in ad­di­tion to the re­quire­ments set by law, as the case may be.

Gam­boa said those who found vi­o­lat­ing the or­di­nance shall be pe­nal­ized of P1,000 for the first of­fense, P3,000, and P5,000 for the sec­ond and third of­fenses, re­spec­tively.

He said ev­ery pet owner also re­quired to have their dog and/or cat vac­ci­nated with anti-ra­bies vac­cines and to en­sure that all dogs and cats in the city are prop­erly im­mu­nized, reg­is­tered and wear the is­sued tag al­ways while in pub­lic places.

He added the pet owner should also have an “an­i­mal tag,” a plas­tic or metal tag per­ma­nently hang­ing around the neck of each reg­is­tered dog or cat is­sued by the City Vet­eri­nar­ian Of­fice la­belled with such in­for­ma­tion or serial num­bers that would ex­actly and clearly iden­tify the pet an­i­mal.

Gam­boa dis­closed that the “An­i­mal Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Card” is an iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card is­sued to pet own­ers by the City Vet­eri­nar­ian Of­fice at­test­ing he or she is the owner of the pet.*

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