October 28, 2006 in general
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet (Oct. 26) — It maybe be queer, yet heartwarming.
Because inside the government-run Benguet State University (BSU), a swimming pool for dogs will be built.
Not for dog luxury living though. More so, not for those awaiting the butcher’s knife in this practically dog meat eating highland region.
But for academic purposes of the Veterinary program of BSU, said Hiyas Bardillas, information officer of BSU.
Together with the UK-based Network for Animals, a non-government organization, there will be a groundbreaking rites for the facility on Monday at the BSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine compound. It will be called BSU Veterinary Faculty’s new companion animal pound.
The funding provided by Network for Animals, the companion animal pound will provide much needed facilities for the College of Veterinary Medicine that will enhance their teaching programs and outreach work on responsible pet ownership in the municipality of La Trinidad, and nearby towns.
This would include an office and reception area, examination and treatment rooms, food preparation and storage rooms, and an exercise area and swimming pool. Not for the owners neither the veterinarians or veterinary students. Yes… for the dogs.
The dog pound is envisioned to serve as a source of information regarding the Animal Welfare Act of 1998, as well as a Center for Pet Care and Management Program.
The facility will also be a temporary confinement facility for seized and stray dogs to protect them from dog meat traders.
The UK-based Animal Kingdom Foundation, another non-government organization operating all over the country including the Cordillera region had tagged the highland region as the country’s hotspot in the illegal dog trade.
Several raids and dog meat confiscations were already conducted in Baguio, Benguet and other provinces in the north and had proven that the illegal traffic of dog meat all the way from the Southern Tagalog region is a multi-million trade.
Monday’s ground-breaking guests are La Trinidad Mayor Nestor Fongwan, BSU President Dr. Rogelio Colting, BSU Vet Med Dean Dr. Anatalia Castrence, and representatives from Network for Animals. # Ace Alegre for NORDIS