Tetuan, Canelar bag “Most Pet-Friendly Brgy’ awards PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 11:34

The City Veterinarian’s Office announced yesterday that Tetuan and Canelar have been awarded as this year’s Most Pet-Friendly and 2nd runner up Pet-Friendly Barangays, respectively, during the recent celebration of Pet Parade and Blessing.

City veterinarian Dr. Mario Arriola said the activity was one of the highlights of the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival, and pursuant to City Ordinances 241, 242, 400 and the Executive Order, creating the Barangay Rabies Control Eradication Committee, issued by the late city mayor Maria Clara L. Lobregat.

Tetuan Barangay Chairman John M. Dalipe said the implementation of the anti-rabies and stray dog ordinances had reduced the number of dog bite cases, minimized the messing up of uncollected garbage, reduced dog feces on the streets, and reduced vehicular accidents.

He said 523 domesticated animals like dogs, cats and monkeys received anti-rabies vaccines during the campaign conducted by City Veterinarian personnel last May 6-7.

“Residents can now jog freely on the streets early morning without fear of being bitten by stray dogs,” Dalipe said.

For his part, Godofredo Sabordo Sr., barangay chairman of Canelar, thanked the city government of Zamboanga through the City Veterinarian’s Office for conducting the seminar on the implementation of the anti-rabies/stray dog edicts in his barangay.

“We were very pleased with the way they (city vet personnel) conducted the seminar. All the participants including myself learned that it is not easy to catch stray dogs. But with the little knowledge we have, we were able to catch 12 stray dogs in less than a month,” Sabordo said. — Vic Larato