Apatang: Be responsible pet owners


Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang is once again reminding everyone to become responsible pet owners so they could do their part in his office’s animal population control measures.

He said that stray dogs are also one of their main concerns with the Animal Control Office tasked to catch them.

“We keep on putting out the message and have been telling pet owners to become responsible. We’re asking them again not to let the dogs out, register them, or tie them,” said Apatang.

Pets, dogs or cats, are sometimes victims of road kill if their owners left them outside of their homes or have failed to secure them.

Apatang said that some of the stray dogs reach Garapan’s tourist district where they chase everyone walking. “They are chasing tourists and that’s not good. We want to keep unleashed pets away from the tourist district so they won’t scare away the people.”

Apatang lauded the efforts done by the Animal Control Office led by program manager Spencer Merchadesch and his staff Rodney Babauta, Lee Mark Deleon Guerrero, Ton Leon Guerrero, and Jaime Toytoy.

“There are also a lot of dogs at the beach side of Aquarius [Beach Tower] hotel where they multiplied. Sometimes, those who are spending their weekends at the beach feed them bones. The animal control staff had caught some of the stray dogs there,” said Apatang.

He added that stray dogs, most of the time, have not been given vaccine for rabies and that’s not good since they could bite a person.

Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.

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