Nava seeks to prohibit ‘mercy killing’ of animals in Iloilo City

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Councilor Plaridel Nava has filed a proposed ordinance amending Regulation Ordinance 2013-065, the measure creating the Iloilo City Pound.

Nava’s proposal prohibits “mercy killing” or the euthanizing of animals, except in instances prescribed by Republic Act No. 8485 or “The Animal Welfare Act.” (

These include the following:

* when the domesticated pet is afflicted with an incurable communicable disease as determined and certified by a duly licensed veterinarian;

* when the killing is deemed necessary to put an end to the misery being suffered by the animal as determined and certified by a duly licensed veterinarian; and

* when killing is necessary to prevent an imminent danger to the life or limb of a human being

Torturing or neglecting to provide adequate care to impounded stray animals will also be considered.

The proposed legislation requires the City Veterinarian Office (CVO) to ensure that seized stray domesticated pets are not subjected to abuse, maltreatment, cruelty, or exploitation, and that impounding facilities are adequate, clean, and sanitary.

The CVO may allow the adoption of impounded domesticated pets in favor of any interested private individual or entity who is able and willing to provide proper care and attention to the domesticated pet without charge or consideration.

Meanwhile, the impounded stray domesticated pets shall be forfeited in favor of the city government ten days after the pound notice is issued.

If the lawful owner/custodian appears, claims, and redeems before the 10-day period expires, the impounded domesticated pets will be returned to him/her free of charge.