The Iloilo City Council unanimously passed the so-called “Poop and Scoop” ordinance yesterday, which requires city residents to keep their pets on a leash and to clean up after them.
The ordinance, penned by City Councilor Jose Efrain ‘Jay’ Treñas, also requires owners to register their pet with the City Veterinary Office after the animal reaches three months of age.
Pets will be issued a tag with the name and address of the owner.
“There is a need to promote responsible pet ownership, as well as to ensure order, cleanliness, and sanitation in public areas,” the city official noted.
The policy also lays out requirements for pet owners when it comes to cleaning up excrement.
“Pet owners must carry a container and implement for the sanitary removal of the animal’s fecal matter in the event that the animal defecates on the street and public places,” the ordinance read.
Violators will be fined P3,000 on their first and succeeding offenses. Those who fail to pay the fine within three days from the issuance of the citation face charges from the City Legal Office.
Barangay officials will be responsible for monitoring within their jurisdiction, the City Environment and Natural Resources Office watches over public spaces, while the Social Service Unit is tasked with keeping an eye on public streets and sidewalks.
Meanwhile, the General Services Office will be posting signs to remind the public of the new policies, along with providing waste receptacles for pet owners to dispose of their pets’ feces./WDJ