Cebu City vet eyes putting up ‘animal welfare desks’ in police stations

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THE Division of Veterinary Medicine and Fisheries (DVMF) eyes the creation of “animal welfare desks” in every police station in Cebu City.

Dr. Jessica Maribojoc, the acting city veterinarian, said Friday, July 8, 2022, that this initiative will improve the government’s response to animal abandonment and abuse.

Maribojoc said the creation of an animal welfare committee in the City Council will also allow more programs that will focus on the well-being and protection of animals in the city.

According to Maribojoc, most issues on animal abuse usually end up in amicable settlements due to the hectic and long process, especially if they are done under the barangay justice system.

With animal welfare desks in every police station, the complaints will be immediately processed by local police who are trained to handle such matters, Maribojoc said.

Free vet services on July 17

The DVMF will also offer free veterinary services such as anti-rabies vaccination, vitamin supplementation, and deworming on July 17 at the Plaza Sugbo.

This is in line with the celebration of Asong Pinoy Day 2022 which aims to highlight the local breed of dogs commonly known as Aspin.

Maribojoc encouraged owners of Aspins to participate in the event as a way of showing pride in their local breeds of dogs.

The veterinarian also said many people are already keen on having Aspins as their pets since these breeds of dogs are more resistant to diseases.

The Island Rescue Organization (Iro) will also set up a help desk during the event where the public can go if they have concerns when it comes to filing a complaint on animal abuse.

IRO is also advocating for responsible driving as 90 percent of animal hit-and-run victims were Aspin.

Iro president Annalyn Aizpuran said they will install stickers in vehicles to remind drivers that they should hit the brakes when animals cross the road.

Aizpuran further said they had already helped in the prosecution of three individuals who were found guilty of abusing or torturing animals, which is a violation of the country’s animal welfare act.

Aizpuran also urged pet owners to be responsible since having a pet is a lifetime commitment so abandonment should not be an option.

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