Vet says humane method used in dog termination

NAGA CITY --- The City Veterinary Office (CVO) here has assured animal and dog lovers that the termination of impounded dogs in its dog pound last year was humane and in accordance with the standard methods.

Dr. Junios Elad Jr., the city veterinarian said CVO personnel responsible for dog termination inject tranquilizer to put impounded dogs to sleep once their owners fail to claim them after five days.

The tranquilizer made of potassium chloride euthanizes the dogs several minutes after injection. This humane method of dog termination is part of the city’s dog population control program, Elad said.

Aside from dog termination, the program intends to minimize rabies infection and the spread of other canine diseases brought by hot weather, which now reaches 35 degrees celsius due to easterlies based from Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Services Administration (PAGASA) data.

Elad said that in 2019, there were over 1,000 stray dogs that were impounded in the city pound located in Barangay Del Rosario, this city.

On the average, around 20 percent of impounded dogs were claimed and released back to their owners while five percent of them were adopted. The rest of the dogs were terminated, he said.

The CVO charges P 1,275 for the release of an impounded dog, which is broken down to P1,000 covering the owner’s penalty; P 200 as redemption fee; and P75 for anti-rabies vaccination, if applicable.

The city veterinarian also said that there will be a free anti-rabies vaccination and castration activity on Mar. 28 at the People’s Hall in the city hall compound as part of the celebration of Rabies Awareness Month.

The same activity will be implemented on Sept. 28 this year to mark the World Rabies Day.

Elad said that starting January this year, the CVO has been conducting house-to-house anti-rabies vaccination campaign throughout the city and will end in May this year.