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PVO warns of stray dogs in Albay; records 40-50 dog bites daily

LEGAZPI CITY—The head of the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) in Albay has asked Albayanos for help on the problem of stray dogs in the province after PVO recorded its first rabies fatality for the first half of this year, a 12-year-old boy from Camalig town, who was bitten by a stray dog sometime in June.

“Dogs have been seen straying everywhere and in every barangay,” said Provincial Veterinary Officer Dr. Florencio Adonay.

Adonay, in an interview, has raised alarm over the rising cases of animal bites in the province with the estimated 40 to 50 dog bites recorded daily in the entire province.

Albay has designated three animal/dog bite centers -- Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH) here in Legazpi City, Ziga District Hospital in Tabaco City and Josefina Belmonte Duran Memorial Hospital in Ligao City.

“The three animal/dog bite centers have recorded an average of more than 1,000 dog bites every month,” said Adonay.

PVO records estimated the number of dog bites monthly at P1,200 to P1,500.

The number, he said, translates to 7,200 to 9,000 dog bite cases from January to June this year.

Adonay said the 12-year-old boy, who died from rabies, was the first case of fatality recorded by PVO since the start of the year up to the present.

PVO records showed that Albay recorded five fatalities due to rabies last year. (PNA)


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