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Bontoc intensifies catching and impounding of stray animals

Bontoc, Mountain Province – To address concerns regarding hygiene and safety in the municipality, the Bontoc Local Government Unit (LGU) through the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist (OMAg) caught and impounded two stray dogs and 10 stray cats on separate dates over the week.
The two stray dogs were captured during the dog-catching activity carried out by the trained personnel from the OMAg which started at 5:30 A.M. on May 28, 2024.
Meanwhile, the 10 stray cats were caught within the vicinity or compound of the Bontoc General Hospital on May 29 and 30, 2024. This move comes after the Bontoc General Hospital management requested assistance from the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian (OPVet) due to an increasing number of stray cats roaming the hospital grounds, raising worries among employees and patients. In response, the OPVet coordinated with the OMAg to carry out the activity.
The operation involves humane trapping methods to capture stray dogs and cats without causing harm. Once captured, the dogs and cats are dispatched to the OPVEt in Sac-angan, Barangay Caluttit, Bontoc, Mountain Province, where they are examined by veterinarians to assess their health status. All the captured animals are provided with food, water, and care maintenance.
With the series of activities of catching and impounding stray animals within the central business district, Mayor Jerome “Chagsen” Tudlong Jr., lauded the Municipal Anti-Rabies Control Council for giving teeth to Municipal Ordinance No. 373, S. 2023.
As per ordinance No. 373, S.2023, violators of the ordinance are subjected to a fine of not less than P500.00 and an additional P100.00 (dog food, medicine and anti-rabies shots) for the first offense and P1,000.00 for the second and succeeding offenses. The ordinance focuses on ensuring public safety and taking a proactive stance against rabies, as well as prioritizing cleanliness and sanitation in the capital town.
Also, he reiterated his appeal to the pet owners to be responsible and ensure that their dogs and cats are properly vaccinated.
Further, the mayor requested the cooperation of the community in reporting stray dogs or any potential rabies-related incidents to the appropriate authorities promptly. Bontoc LGU release

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