Stray animal roundup continues this month in Tumon, Tamuning, and Harmon

The number of stray animals on island is on the rise. (PNC file photo)

The stray animal roundup continues this month in Tamuning, Tumon, and Harmon and the mayor’s office has already started setting up traps all over the villages.

The stray animal roundup began last month in the village of Santa Rita. The roundup is part of an initiative to address the stray animal problem that has afflicted the island for many years.

Tamuning, Tumon, and Harmon Mayor Louise Rivera said that her staff has laid several traps.

Rivera says that she hasn’t experienced any issues so far.

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And while there have been reports of residents in other villages releasing trapped animals, the mayor said that with her staff shortage issues, those assigned to observe the traps cannot stay longer and prevent this from happening.

In an interview on Newstalk K57 with Patti Arroyo, Rivera said she wants to work with island residents to take care of this issue together.

She said residents should not be touching the traps because after all, this is a government effort.

“They are tampering with government operations and you know they shouldn’t be touching the traps. And first of all, they shouldn’t be letting their dogs go out, too, because is a leash law,” Rivera said.

The mayor is encouraging village residents that have any stray animal issues in their neighborhood to call her office.

Rivera says that private property owners caught some strays but later discovered the pets belong to their neighbors.

To date, Santa Rita has turned in 33 dogs and 11 cats and the villages of Mongmong-Toto-Maite have deferred turned in 7 dogs for the month of February.