[Update as of Sept. 14, 2018, 10:41 a. m.] The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) has called out officials of Baranggay Capri, Novaliches on a circulating image about “Oplan ‘Dog’hang,” an alleged barangay ordinance which aims to clear streets of stray dogs, the procedures of which remain questionable. The copy on the image reads, “’Wag manlaban, isuko na ang alagang hayop upang hindi makapinsala at makadumi sa kapaligiran.”
PAWS posted a statement on its Facebook page:
“PAWS condemns the Oplan “Dog” Hang launched by Barangay Capri, Novaliches QC.
“The use of the term "dog"-hang whether as an allusion to “tokhang” (used colloquially to mean "to summarily kill someone") or as a way to encourage violent acts towards animals (ie. “hang”) as a means of animal control is wrong…"
The group has also denied that the LGU of Barangay Capri was ever in contact with them.
“Barangay Capri claims that the LGU regularly coordinates with PAWS and other animal welfare groups about adoptions. This is not true. Animal welfare shelters are not repositories of stray animals. PAWS focuses on the prevention of pet homelessness through education, lobbying and spay-neuter.”
Section 6 of Republic Act 8485 or the Animal Welfare Act of the Philippines specifically cites that it is “unlawful for any person to torture any animal, to neglect to provide adequate care, sustenance or shelter, or maltreat any animals,” and that during the instances when the law allows the killing of animals, the act “should be done through humane procedures at all times… For this purpose, humane procedures shall mean the use of the most scientific methods available as may be determined and approved by the Committee [on Animal Welfare].”
Hundreds of concerned netizens have posted their thoughts on the Facebook pages of barangay officials Christian A. Cando, Agnes M. Cando, and Arnie A. Cando, who were pictured in the viral poster; however, most of the public posts and comments on their timelines have since been deleted.
Barangay official Christian A. Cando has released a statement on Facebook:
"Paumanhin kung mayroon mang nasagasaang damdamin sa isyu na ito kontra sa mga IRESPONSABLENG TAGAPAG-ALAGA ng mga hayop o aso.
"Ang obnetiba lamang ng inyong lingkod ay bigyang diin ang pagkondena sa mga IRESPONSABLENG TAGAPAG-ALAGA ng hayop.
"Hindi rin naisama ng PAWS ang naunang 'caption' sa itaas ng aming post na ang paalala ay sa mga IRESPONSABLENG TAGAPAG-ALAGA na isuko na lamang ang aso at nang madala sa QC Dog Pound na kung saan ay may kinokonsiderang opsyon sa ngayon ng nasabing Dog Pound na ipa-adopt na lamang ang mga aso sa mga Animal Advocates...
"NAIS BIGYANG DIIN NG PAMUNUANG ITO NA WALA NI ISANG ASO ANG NAMATAY AT MAMAMATAY sa ilalim ng hakbanging ito tulad ng pag-aalala ng ilan, dahil KINOKONDENA NG PAMUNUANG ITO ANG ANUMANG PANANAKIT AT PAGPATAY SA MGA HAYOP LALO NA SA MGA ASO."
In its standing statement, PAWS noted that,"By telling the public to surrender their animals to the pound, Barangay Capri officials encourage pet abandonment instead of educating them to become responsible pet owners...
"Pounds do not regularly coordinate with animal welfare groups because they are well aware of the difference between animal control and animal welfare and their areas of responsibility.
"Sadly, majority of the strays collected by pounds are put to death/euthanized because hardly any one goes to the pound to adopt a pet."