MANILA — Pet owners have some responsibilities or obligations that they must follow as true animal lovers, according to the Department of Health (DOH).
In an advisory about Republic Act No. 9482 or the “Anti-Rabies Act of 2007” posted in the DOH Facebook account, it enumerated at least six responsibilities of pet owners that must be followed.
* Have their dogs regularly vaccinated against rabies and maintain a registration card which shall contain all vaccinations conducted on their pets for accurate record purposes.
* Submit their dogs for mandatory registration.
* Maintain control over their dogs and not allow them to roam the streets or any public place without a leash.
* Be a responsible owner by providing their dog with proper grooming, adequate food and clean shelter.
* Within 24 hours, report immediately any dog biting incident to the concerned officials for investigation or for any appropriate action and place such dog under observation by a government or private veterinarian.
* Assist the dog bite victim immediately and shoulder the medical expenses incurred and other incidental costs relative to the victim’s injuries.
R.A. 9482 is an act providing for the control and elimination of human and animal rabies, prescribing penalties for violations and appropriating funds thereof.