The city government of Angeles City is taking legal action against some residents in the Barangay Lourdes Sur area for slaughtering a dog for food, an act deemed unacceptable by Angeles City Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr.
“Here in Angeles City, we value and respect the lives of all, whether they are human or animal,” the mayor said in a statement.
Reports of the dog’s slaughter were received by Angeles City Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting and brought to the attention of Lazatin.
In response, the mayor dispatched a team from the city veterinary office’s dog pound division, headed by Eder Pasamonte, to investigate the matter.
According to Lazatin’s Chief Adviser, IC Calaguas, the mayor wanted immediate action to be taken and charges to be filed against those responsible for the act. The individuals responsible have been identified as Amelito Henson, Amorsolo Guevarra, and Jerry Mari, as listed in the barangay’s blotter report.
The killing and selling of dogs for food is illegal in the Philippines under the Animal Welfare Act of the Philippines and the Anti-Rabies Act.
In addition, city councilor Arvin Suller has filed a city ordinance entitled the “Angeles City Animal Welfare and Protection Code” to reinforce the prohibitions laid out in the Animal Welfare Act.