SAN JUAN – The candidate for mayor of San Juan for the New Progressive Party (PNP), Miguel Romero, presented this Monday his proposal to address the problem of abandoned pets that inhabit the streets of the Capital and several initiatives that he will implement from municipal government to promote animal health and welfare.
“Today there is a high social awareness about the needs of animals and a collective rejection of any action that constitutes animal abuse. As mayor of San Juan, it is my commitment to work for the protection, well-being and adequate care of animals, and we also implement measures that reflect the growing concern of the citizens of San Juan for these values, “said Romero in written statements. on his proposal that the government of the Capital City be one of the most advanced in relation to the well-being of our sentient beings.
The initiatives it proposes include alliances that promote mass vaccination and sterilization events, education for citizens and the transformation of the San Juan Animal Control and Adoption Center.
The senator from San Juan also expressed his concern and interest in raising the quality of the services provided by the Municipality through the San Juan Animal Control and Adoption Center and promised to create a working group with veterinary medicine professionals. and entities that promote animal welfare to transform said facility and improve the services offered.
“The situation of mistreatment and overpopulation of animals are matters that the Municipality of San Juan by law has to attend to and to achieve this, we must have a functional Animal Control and Adoption Center with the necessary equipment and personnel to be able to fulfill functions basic such as the collection and transportation of homeless animals, vaccination, sterilization and promoting and facilitating the adoption of pets within and outside of San Juan ”, said Romero.
“At the moment, said Center is in a precarious situation due to the lack of both human and material resources and the deterioration of its facilities. As mayor, I am going to promote that both the Municipality, professionals of veterinary medicine and entities that promote animal welfare contribute to transforming the form and manner in which we provide services ”, established the mayoral candidate.
Likewise, Romero indicated that, as part of its proposals and in order to reduce abandonment and abuse, the Municipality will launch an educational campaign focused on responsible pet ownership, emphasizing the importance and benefits of the human-animal bond, vaccination, sterilization and adoption.
The senator for San Juan, who was the author of Senate Bill 1621 and which became Law 86-2020 authorizes provisional licenses for the practice of veterinary medicine in massive and free events such as the “Spayathon PR”, emphasized in the importance of carrying out this type of event in municipal facilities.
“The promotion of these massive initiatives that provide access to veterinary medical services is important to promote the health of our animal population and offer educational events to our citizens; This type of alliance with different groups will be essential to achieve the greatest possible access to professional services that come at no cost to the citizen who participates in them, ”said the candidate.
To transform the operation of the Control and Adoption Center with the aim of improving the offering of its services, the candidate announced that he will establish a “Municipal Board on Veterinary Affairs and for Animal Welfare.” Said Board will offer recommendations on strategies and municipal ordinances related to the management of animals that live on the streets, in addition to identifying alternatives to address this problem. The Board will also have the task of reviewing, together with the administrative and legal personnel of the Municipality of San Juan, the “Regulations for the Control of Animals of the Municipality of San Juan” in order to ensure that the Municipality complies with all the provisions established in this regulation within a framework of respect for animal rights and with a sanitary approach towards citizens of the Capital.
Romero also emphasized that non-profit organizations, such as the “Pro-Animal Welfare Social Movement” have presented ideas and initiatives that he would adopt as mayor; The initiatives include workshops on responsibility, care and avoiding mistreatment of animals and the establishment, through the Adoption Center, of a program of “vouchers” for the vaccination and sterilization of dogs and cats for use by rescuers and people low-income. All this, through proposals in which the Municipality could contribute its facilities and the personnel currently working at the municipal level.
Among the public health problems that Romero specified he would address through the proposed Board and in collaboration with the Department of Health is the so-called “Vietnamese pigs” that proliferate in different areas of San Juan, particularly in communities on the Cantera Peninsula. and Barrio Obrero.
“As for these animals, the main focus will be on caring for the health of our residents; There are areas without adequate storm drainage and when it rains, there is exposure to organic material that can cause serious illnesses and additional pollution problems in the Caño area. I intend to address the problem together with the Department of Health and the citizens who continue to suffer from this situation, ”Romero said.
To combat the problem of animal abuse and educate citizens on this issue, Romero committed to working and strengthening the Cruelty and Abuse Investigation Unit of the Municipal Police.
“As mayor, I will have zero tolerance for animal abuse and I will make sure that this Municipal Police Unit complies with the provisions of Law 154 of August 4, 2008, the” Law for the Welfare and Protection of Animals. ” Today there is a high social awareness of the needs of animals and a rejection of animal abuse. As mayor of San Juan I am committed to working for the protection, well-being and adequate care of animals, to reflect the growing concern of the citizens of San Juan for these values, characteristic of the most socially and culturally advanced societies ” Romero concluded.