Amid concerns raised by an animal rights group regarding their treatment to animals in its existing pound, the Quezon City government is set to open another pound “to provide better temporary shelter services for stray animals.”
The local government on Tuesday said that the construction of a 450-square-meter city pound in Empire View Subdivision at Barangay Payatas is already ongoing and is expected to be finished by the first quarter of next year.
Compared to the city’s old venue located in the same barangay, the new pound will have its own individual cages, according to the local government.
“Gusto nating magkaroon ng mas maayos na temporary shelter ang stray animals na mahuhuli sa ating mga lansangan. Sa bagong city pound, may partition ang cages para magkahihiwalay ang mga hayop (We want our stray animals, which we catch from the streets, to have a better temporary shelter. In our new pound, they will have partition cages so they are separated from each other,” Mayor Belmonte said.
Aside from surgery rooms, the two-storey pound will also house the city’s Veterinary Department-City Pound Division Office as well as a cashier to facilitate faster payment of fees for adoption or claiming impounded animals.
For the past several weeks, animal rescue group Red Cubs Pet Patrol has been turning to social media to give updates about the situation of dozens of animals in Quezon City’s Payatas pound.
According to the group that launched a fund drive to recover the impounded animals, scores were supposed to be euthanized if they not claimed.
The group also said the dogs inside the pound “were dying of hunger and thirst” and “some are very sick.”
In a statement provided by the local government, it said Belmonte expressed her “willingness to partner with animal welfare groups to manage and improve the handling of impounded animals” and that she “is currently in talks with the group PAWSSION Project headed by Malou Perez.”
“It is very important that we handle our captured stray animals well. That’s why the city is open to partnerships with animal welfare groups to ensure that the city is providing what the animal welfare act prescribes,” Belmonte said,
“We would gladly accept any assistance from our NGOs (non-government organizations) especially in training our personnel on proper handling of impounded animals para hindi natin sila mapabayaan hanggang sa i-claim na sila ng kanilang owner (so the animals will not be disregarded until they are claimed by their owners).”
As the city captures up to 200 animals weekly, the local government explained that it adheres to the “internationally-accepted standards and local regulations” regarding euthanizing animals.
“They are impounded for three days until claimed by their owners. For the succeeding days, they will be up for adoption, or if still left unclaimed—euthanized in accordance with internationally-accepted standards and local regulations,” the local government said.