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Bacolod approves ordinance on stray pets, rabies

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Bacolod City has approved on third and final reading an ordinance protecting animals from abuse and cruelty, while safeguarding the public from possible animal hazards.

The “Dog and Cat Welfare Ordinance of Bacolod City” regulates the keeping of domesticated animals and controls stray and ownerless animals, especially dogs and cats.

Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. said the city council approved the measure during its regular session last Nov. 26.

Enforcing the ordinance will be the:
– City Health Office
– City Veterinary Office
– City Legal Office
– duly authorized personnel of the barangays concerned

Gamboa said the ordinance limits to four per household the number of dogs and/or cats or not more than eight pets.

However, puppies and kittens younger than four months old shall not be counted.

For households with more than eight pets, they should have a good space secured by a closed fence and comply with vaccination requirements.

Pet owners will be 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 tags while in public.

Violators will face a P1,000 fine for the first offense, P3,000 for the second offense, and P5,000 for third and succeeding offenses.