They arrived from the south of Guayaquil to participate in the animal day that was offered in La Puntilla. Mariana Flores and her family went to kilometer 6.5 of the Samborondón road where a fair for pets was held. A good time to take out Marcelito, the three-month-old black poodle who, according to the veterinarian, was born blind; however, Flores took him to get the “ID card”.
In the Driving Range, the municipality of Samborondón offered a free day of identification for pets, in addition to vaccination and adoption, sale of food and articles for animals.
The event was held within the framework of the presentation of the new ordinance of support for the comprehensive protection of companion animals, approved by the Cantonal Council and waiting for it to enter the Official Registry, in Quito, to become effective.
That, however, has not been an impediment to thinking about ways to include pets in regular activities, such as allowing owners and pets to enter restaurants, as is the case in some locations in the Ciudad Celeste sector.
The Ordinance seeks, in addition to avoiding the mistreatment and abandonment of animals, that good living is achieved, explained Mayor José Yúnez.
“Those of us who have pets must take responsibility for them, without harming neighbors,” he said.
The burgomaster clarified that according to the regulations there are certain fines that could be applied to citizens, in case of verifying the damages caused by their pets. “But beyond the fines and sanctions what is sought is that we all have good living.”
Getting the ID card is one of the activities that will allow to know and register the animals. Alejandra Rojas, who lives in La Joya, took her dog ‘Spot’, an 8 month old jack russell, who was restless during the process of taking pictures and data for identification. “It is important to have an identity document for the pet, because at the end of the day it is a ‘citizen’” said the woman.
For Joffre Mosquera the activity was important because the pet is given a place, which ends up being a member of the family. “And the activities at the fair are fun. I wish they were done more often, “he said.
In project, a park and a shelter
Joffre Mosquera, resident in the sector in front of Ciudad Celeste, applauds the initiative of pet identification, but laments the lack of infrastructure for them.
The Cabildo plans the construction of a family park with an exclusive area for pets. This will be built on a three-hectare property located in the Jardines Parque Magno sector. It will also donate land for an animalist foundation to build a shelter. (I)