‘Mercy killing’ for stray dogs

Stray dogs remain a concern in Iloilo City. They must be leashed and confined only within their owners’ premises, according to the City Veterinary Office. Stray dogs, too, are being blamed for vandalizing ornamental plants that the city government has planted at the Iloilo Esplanade and the median strip of the Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue in Barangay San Rafael, Mandurriao district. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN

ILOILO City – Not only humans. Stray dogs, too, are being blamed for vandalizing ornamental plants that the city government has planted at the Iloilo Esplanade and the median strip of the Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue in Barangay San Rafael, Mandurriao district.

City Beautification Program head Ninda Atinado sought the City Veterinary Office’s help.

Dr. Tomas Forteza, city veterinarian, agreed to round up stray dogs which Atinado claimed were digging up and uprooting ornamental plants.

“We hope to solve this problem soonest,” said Forteza.

Apprehended stray dogs would be impounded at the city government motorpool on Delgado Street where owners could claim them.

Unclaimed stray dogs would be euthanized,

“If no one shows up to claim the dogs or adopt them, we will do mercy killing. We will put them to sleep,” Forteza.

An overdose of injectable barbiturates would be administered to the dogs.

Forteza urged those with dogs to be responsible pet owners and by that, he meant that the dogs must be leashed.

“Gasagod sila ido pero wala sila galantaw sang ila responsibilidad para mag-safe aton community. They must keep their dogs within their premises,” said Forteza.

City Veterinary Office is scouting for an area where to set up an animal impounding facility, he revealed./PN

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