DOT asks local government of Boracay to keep stray dogs away from the beach
Catching the dogs didn’t do the trick in the past.
The Philippine News Agency (via InterAksyon.com) reports that the Department of Tourism (DOT) has appealed to the local government of Boracay "to strongly enforce the ban on stray dogs on the beach" to prevent residents and tourists from being infected by rabies.
The report noted that Tim Ticar, the officer in charge of the local DOT office in Boracay, has received several complaints from beachgoers about the presence of stray dogs on the beach. Data from the Provincial Veterinarian Office show that the province of Aklan had an estimated 48,010 dog population as of 2013, with only about 25,570 dogs receiving vaccination.
Ticar said the stray dogs can pose a danger to people since canines that have not been vaccinated can infect anyone with rabies. The local government of Malay, which has jurisdiction over Boracay, previously tried to solve the problem by organizing a group of volunteers who will catch stray dogs at the beach.
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