More Ilonggos report animal abuses

More people are becoming aware of Republic Act 8485 or the Animal Welfare Act based on the increasing reports of animal abuse or neglect received by the Animal Welfare Association of Iloilo (AWA-Iloilo), through its Facebook account.
The Siamese cat at Mila’s Hill Inland Resort

Just recently, a concerned individual reported about a sick cat at the zoo of Mila’s Hill, an inland resort in Brgy. Pasil, New Lucena, Iloilo.

Immediately last March 2, AWA-Iloilo, composed of president Anna Marie Rivera-Wharton, PIO Kathy Villalon, and officers Arlene and Julianne Mae Subang went to the resort to validate the report. They found a weak Siamese cat. It has been in that condition for one week. When found, it was already salivating while curled at a corner of the cage, which it shares with another cat.

Wharton explained the law to the assistant manager, Sherwyn Hembra. He immediately acted on the issue.

“We appreciate that the management is very cooperative. They brought the cat to the Banga Veterinary Clinic last Monday, March 3,” said Wharton.

“The cat is under observation and they have already de-wormed it,” she added.

Last February, AWA-Iloilo also rescued a dog within the vicinity of West Visayas State University. The dog, named “West” was also treated by the veterinarian before it was transported to the Aklan Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Center whose owner expressed desire to adopt the dog.
“West”, a victim of hit-and-run
who is now safe at the AARC,
AWA-Iloilo’s partner in animal rescue.

The AARRC is also the same center that adopted “Midnight”, a three-legged black Labrador that AWA-Iloilo rescued. The center made a wheelchair for “Midnight.”

Wharton is appealing to Ilonggos to help raise more awareness on the animal welfare law.

“Be responsible. Respect the law even if you don’t respect animals,” Wharton said.

Section 6 of RA 8485 states, “It shall be unlawful for any person to torture any animal, to neglect to provide adequate care, sustenance or shelter, or maltreat any animal or to subject any dog or horse to dog fights or horse fights, kill or cause or procure to be tortured or deprived of adequate care, sustenance or shelter, or maltreat or use the same in research of experiments not expressly authorized by the Committee on Animal Welfare.”

Violators will be subjected to imprisonment from 6 months to one year and a fine of P30,000 to P100,000 depending on the outcome of the abuse – death or incapacitation of the animal.
"West" is welcomed
with goodies at AARC

Meanwhile, AWA-Iloilo is looking for more volunteers, foster homes for the animals and donors, which are very crucial as more animals are rescued and they need treatment.

The said volunteer organization operates because of the generosity of other animal lovers.

Those who want to help and want to get updates on cases that need help,  can visit and like AWA-Iloilo in Facebook. Netizens are also encouraged to network by sharing AWA-Iloilo’s posts on their wall./

“Midnight” with his wheelchair

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