Animal Protection Office launches campaign to register potentially dangerous dog breeds
The goal of the program is to control the breeds known as PPP and provide information in case of attacks and on dogs dropped off at the Department’s shelter
The main PPP breeds in Chapala are Pitbull, Rottweiler, Doberman and Bull Terrier.
Sofia Medeles (Ajijic, Jal.)– The Animal Protection Office of Chapala has launched a campaign to register dogs classified as PPP perros potencialmente peligrosos or potentially dangerous dogs – to encourage responsible ownership and have basic information to help in cases of any type of report related to these dogs.
The registry is called REPPOPEC -Siglas de Registro de Perros Potencialmente Peligrosos de Chapala-, which is free. Four breeds will be registered: Pitbull, Rottweiler, Doberman and Bull Terrier and mix breeds that inherit the dangerous characteristics of the PPP breed. The campaign will run from May 1st until May 28th at the Ecology Department on Niños Heroes street, next to the municipal police station.
The owners of the dogs registered during this period will be able to participate in a raffle carried out by the Ecology Department in partnership with the rescue organization in charge of the Chapala dog shelter. There will be 10 prizes, including sacks of kibble, collars and anti-parasite treatments. Registrations will continue after the raffle’s closing date but will not be entered for a prize. The results of this raffle will be announced on Friday, May 28, through a social media post at 11:00 a.m.
Dog owners must bring the dog’s vaccination record, a proof of address and some official identification. The dog will be checked for characteristics such as weight, eye and coat color, and stains. A unique identification code will be given to each dog, a photo will be taken and its paw prints will be printed on a record that will be filed in the Ecology Department.
The benefits for the registered dogs include a PAW MISSING alert that disseminates its image and characteristics, and help for medical treatment in case of accidents or terminal illnesses (restrictions apply).
Ana Luisa Maldonado, head of the Animal Protection Office of the Department of Ecology, is promoting the project and plans to raise awareness for responsible dog ownership and to end problems such as clandestine breeders and fights. She also wants to quickly identify PPP dogs brought to the Department’s shelter in poor condition. The registry will also aid in handling reports from veterinarians, and will provide a reviewable record to verify and register dogs involved in attacks.
«My priority for now are the PPPs, which for the most part are pit bulls in Chapala. So far, there are only 12 records, we want to keep reporting and if possible, we would like to have a census to know the true population of PPP», said Ana Luisa Maldanado.
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