Stray animal roundup running smoothly in Tamuning, Tumon, and Harmon

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

The stray animal roundup continues to run smoothly in Tamuning, Tumon, and Harmon.

The stray animal roundup began last month in the village of Santa Rita. It 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 says that her aggressive team has been working diligently to capture the stray animals for the past few weeks.

Rivera says her staff has laid out 10 traps across the tri-village.

While reports were made regarding traps being tampered with in the village of Santa Rita last February, Mayor Rivera says that’s not happening in her villages.

However, Rivera did say that her office has received a number of concerns regarding the setting up of traps in private property.

“Of course we do it on a daily basis, but we also work with the property owners. We don’t just place traps anywhere. We try to get the strays caught as soon as we get calls that the animals are in. We work with the property owners to call us right away,” Rivera said.

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

To date, Tamuning, Tumon and Harmon have turned in 18 dogs and 2 pregnant cats.

According to the Mayors Council of Guam stray animal committee chairperson Rudy Paco, who is also the mayor of Mongmong-Toto-Maite, his village and Santa Rita have turned in 40 dogs and 11 cats to GAIN in February.

Mayor Paco says the next village to have the traps set up for the roundup has yet to be determined.