Alarmed with the rising number of road accidents caused by stray dogs, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Bohol moved during the regular session two Friday’s ago to revisit its anti-stray dog ordinance and strengthen its implementation among the local government units.
Two committees of the provincial board came up with a joint committee report presented during the regular session after several road accidents could have been averted in Bohol if only stray dogs were contained.
As this developed, the provincial board shall be passing another resolution asking the three Boholano congressmen – Rene Relampagos, Erico Aristotle Aumentado and Arthur Yap – to raise the concern and to revisit the Animal Welfare Act.
An Indian national figured in a road accident after hitting a stray dog while traversing the national highway in barangay Laya, Baclayon town last January 25.
The Indian national was identified by the police as Pilay Samoo Jayen Diren, 21, and he sustained injuries as a result of the accident.
The recent case is just one among many incidents where stray dogs caused the road accident.
The joint Committees on Health and Sanitation and Peace and Order and Public Safety found out stray dogs have been causing accidents, which according to the records of the Department of Health, negative incidents, combined biting and vehicular accidents, involving stray dogs reached 36 cases per day as of July 2017.
The committees saw the rise in incidents has become “alarming.”
One of the reasons for the difficulty in eliminating stray dogs here is the stiff penalty imposed by Animal Welfare Act.
The Act prevents local government officials from eliminating the stray dogs loitering in towns.
Only five local government units (LGUs) in Bohol have their dog impounding facilities and only 15 LGUs have trained dog catchers, said the committee report.
It was also learned by the committees that most dog owners are allowing their pets to roam around without a leash, as the law is not being strictly implemented in several LGUs.
It was also bared that strategic location is needed for the clustering of dog impounding facilities since not all towns in Bohol can afford to maintain a facility.
RABIES-FREE BOHOL HAMPERED
Calls for responsible dog ownership have been hampered by dog owners who allow their pet dogs to roam the streets.
Published reports said Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Stella Lapiz said at least 82 percent of the total dog population in Bohol hadbeen vaccinated for rabies.
The law, RA 9482, requires pet owners to have their pets regularly vaccinated and have control by disallowing the same to roam the streets without a leash.
It is required to report within 24 hours any dog biting incident to officials and to give the adequate help and shoulder all medical expenses.
In Loboc, there was a directive issued by the local government unit to be killed via shooting. The move is in line with the bid to remove the dangers of abandoned or stray canines.
Lapiz said on Friday, the move made by Loboc is in line with the law.
The Loboc ordinance said only the .22 caliber pistol be used in executing the stray dogs.
Lapiz said only the town of Carlos P. Garcia town hadbeen declared as rabies-free. (DSA)