An ordinance to strictly regulate and control the sale and keeping of domesticated animals in Quezon City has been approved by the city council.
Ordinance No. SP-2386, S-2014 provides for a comprehensive animal regulation and control in Quezon City that strictly requires all pet owners to have their pets registered with the city veterinary office after reaching 3 months of age.
The measure aims to keep city residents safe from harm and diseases caused by stray animals and pets on the loose. Animal bites cause zoonotic diseases, which are life-threatening if transmitted to humans, like rabies, salmonella and ringworm.
The ordinance, principally authored by 4th District Councilors Raquel Malañgen and Jessica Castelo Daza, provides that no person shall keep any domestic animals as pets without having them immunized with anti-rabies vaccines. Failure or refusal by any owner to comply with the measure shall be punished accordingly.
The ordinance also allows a household to keep a maximum of 4 animals as pets, kenneled sufficiently in a space permitted by law.
The city government, to easily identify registered animals, will issue animal ID cards to pet owners.
There is an increasing number of incidences of animal bites in QC, making the city consistently high in positive rabies cases in the National Capital Region (NCR).
The QC Government is providing free rabies vaccines to city residents who suffer from animal bites.(Maureen Quiñones, PAISO)
Posted By: Edrillan Pasion