Dog control program conducts information drive

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THE new director of the Saipan mayor’s dog control program has launched an information campaign in the villages.

“We want to educate the people about our dog program,” said Martin Pangelinan Jr. who was hired by Mayor David M. Apatang to succeed Spencer Merchadesh in October.

Pangelinan said his team has already conducted an outreach in Finasisu, Dandan, Koblerville, San Vicente, Papago, and San Antonio.

“Most of the people we visited were very appreciative and thankful for our program,” he said, adding that he also heard concerns about registration and securing their pets.

Pangelinan said stray dogs have always been a challenge, but “it is our objective to keep our streets safe, especially for our children.”

He said his team continues to receive calls regarding stray dogs, and this is why the five personnel of the program are always out in the field.

Due to limited capacity of the kennels at the temporary animal shelter in As Perdido, Pangelinan said they continue to ask community members to adopt the dogs at the shelter.

In a report, Mayor Apatang said the dog control program has 10 animal kennels and each can accommodate 10 dogs.

He said the program received from the community an estimated 330 requests for services in fiscal year 2019.

Also in FY 2019, the mayor said 131 intakes into the temporary shelter were recorded, “78 of which were surrendered and 53 [were] strays.”

The mayor said the program continues to work on eradicating the number of stray dogs on Saipan.

So far, he added, 175 dogs have been registered and 32 dogs were adopted through the program.

The mayor said his office continues to work with the CNMI state veterinarian for humane euthanasia and improvement of animal health.

The Saipan program has also offered assistance to the Tinian mayor’s dog control program, Apatang added.


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