KORONADAL CITY – The city government is planning to establish an animal center to properly regulate the presence of stray animals, especially rabid dogs, in various public places.
Dr. Charlemagne Calo, head of the City Veterinary Office, said Tuesday, August 10, the move is in line with the local government’s efforts to control the emergence and spread of the deadly rabies virus in the city.
Calo said around P5 million will be needed for the development of the facility, with the city eco-park in Barangay Paraiso as the proposed site.
The planned animal center will host a clinic for sick dogs and cats, shelter for stray dogs, rehabilitation center, and permanent home for disease-free dogs but with no adoptive owners, he said.
Calo said it will be open to breeds of dogs and cats, including the so-called “asong pinoy” (aspin) and “pusang kalye” (street cat).
Calo said their office will utilize the animal center to regulate the presence of stray dogs in the city’s streets and other public areas, some of which have caused road crashes involving motorcycle riders.
Some stray dogs were reported to have chased and even bitten motorists and even resulted in serious accidents.
“This will not only help us control our rabies cases and regulate stray animals but also make our residents become responsible dog owners,” Calo said in a statement.