LINGAYEN, Pangasinan -— The Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory of the Department of Agriculture (DA) will conduct on September 30 a search for the Best AsPin (Asong Pinoy), highlighting the local breed of dogs to promote awareness on the importance of local pet dogs.
Dr. Connie Diaz, regional coordinator, said the local breed of dogs or the so-called AsKal (Asong Kalye), now AsPin, receive lesser care compared to other breeds of dogs, thus are prone to rabies virus.
“And they are the most common culprit for rabies in humans,” said Diaz.
She added the dog fun show aims to promote awareness among AsPin owners on the proper caring for their pet dogs.
“We wanted to tell the public that they should care for their AsPins by providing yearly anti-rabies vaccine, give them healthy meals and appropriate shelter to protect these pets, and even themselves and other people from rabies virus,” said Diaz.
Diaz said Pangasinan ranked second among provinces with the most number of rabies virus in animals in the entire country while it is first in human positive with rabies virus.
Meanwhile, the search for Best AsPin will be held at the Solid Waste Management Capitol Compound starting at 8:00 a.m.
Among the categories are Most Well-Groomed, Darling of the Crowd and Most Obedient.
The event is open to all AsPins in Pangasinan and no registration fee is required. Hilda Austria/PNA/northboundasia.com