Canine conundrum? Malabon City government limits number of dogs residents can own

If you want to own more than four, you have to prove that you can afford it.

Let’s face it, not every pet owner is a responsible one.


That’s probably what the folks running Malabon City realized when they came up with an ordinance that would "regulate the ownership of dogs, prescribe rules and guidelines for their proper care, and provide penalties for violations."


Nathaniel R. Melican of the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports: "Starting next month, the number of dogs Malabon residents can own will be limited to four unless they can prove that they are capable of caring for more."


The doggy ordinance likewise requires that "all dogs three months old or above shall be registered and vaccinated against rabies." Bottom line: If your dog is not legit and vaccinated then it’s not allowed in Malabon.


The ordinance further stipulates that dog owners have to make sure that their pet stays within their property. If they’re brought out, dogs should be placed on a leash and their owners will be responsible for cleaning up their waste.


Dogs that are found outside their owners’ properties shall immediately be taken to the Malabon City Pound. In this case, the report said "owners could claim their pets during weekdays after paying a fine, in addition to the P500 impounding fee and a P25 sustenance and care fee for every day the dog spends in the facility until its release."


Outright violators of the ordinance will pay a fine of P1,000 for the first offense, P1,500 for the second offense, and P2,000 for the third and subsequent offenses. Plus, violators may also be sentenced to jail for up to a month.



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