Mayors’ Committee Will Conduct Village Meetings on Stray Animals


Guam – Yigo Mayor Rudy M. Matanane, announced today that the Committee on Stray Animal and Round Up will conduct a series of public hearing on the problems of stray animals and round up proposal.   

According to Mayor Matanane, the Committee on Stray Animal and Round Up, which he chairs, found that it is vital to promote the health, safety and general welfare of the residents of Guam by reducing the number of stray dogs.

The village meetings are as follows:

* Thursday, August 14, 2014, 6:00 pm, Yigo Senior Citizen Center.

* Thursday, August 21, 2014, 6:00 pm, Agana Heights Mayor’s Office.

* Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:00 pm, Yona Senior Citizen Center.

According to Mayor Matanane, once the village meetings have been conducted, the Committee will then submit recommended legislation to the Guam Legislature for consideration. He went on to say that it is the intent of the Committee to eliminate the excessive numbers of unwanted animals and to encourage responsible pet care practices.

Pet licensing and identification together with microchipping are humane and life affirming and allows for adoptable pets, said Mayor Matanane. The enactment of this proposal will move Guam towards being a more humane island while at the same time educating and encouraging pet owners to be more responsible, so that our streets are made safer for our children and the community. Pet Licensing and Identification will be a tool used to specifically discourage the recurrence of rabies on Guam as well as to support the native bird breeding program via reduction of the stray cat population, concluded Matanane.

The first of three public hearings, said Mayor Matanane, will convene in Yigo on Thursday, August 14, 2014, 6:00 pm, at the Yigo Senior Citizen Center.

For more information, Mayor Matanane can be contacted at 653-5248 / 653-9446.