City’s adopt-a-dog bill to be approved today

Subscribe Now July 22, 2014 at 08:39am

THE Davao City Adopt-a-Dog (DAD) Ordinance is set to be approved by the City Council on third and final reading today, Tuesday.

This ordinance is authored by Councilor Karlo Bello together with Councilors Joselle Villafuerte, Rachel Zozobrado, and Antoinette Principe-Castrodes.

"I like it because we are also amending the anti-rabies ordinance and we feel that this DAD ordinance will help lessen stray dogs on the streets,” Councilor Villafuerte said.

Villafuerte, in an interview, also said that there are "pet lovers, animal lovers and animal welfare groups in the city who are willing to help them take care of the stray dogs."

"If dili kaya sa owners then we will find homes that will welcome our poor dogs na gibayaan na (that were abandoned)," she said.

Once approved and implemented, the ordinance will cover temporary and permanent dog adoption.

Permanent dog adoption will be for dogs that are in good condition while temporary adoption will be for dogs that need rehabilitation before it can be permanently adopted.

Villafuerte also said that this ordinance would teach people about responsible pet ownership.

The City's Animal Bite and Treatment Center had recorded a total of 5,694 dog bite cases for 2013 and 2,286 for 1st and 2nd quarter of 2014.


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