Batangas eyes sanctuary for animals abandoned after Taal exodus

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Posted at Jan 15 2020 11:04 AM

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Authorities in Batangas province and private groups will identify areas where animals could be brought after being left behind by residents who fled Taal Volcano's ash cloud, an official said Wednesday. 

Hundreds of livestock were abandoned in Agoncillo, San Nicolas, Talisay and Laurel towns, where some died of starvation or respiratory disease from breathing in the ash that Taal belched over the weekend, said Batangas provincial veterinarian Dr. Romelito Marasigan. 

"Kung magrarasyon man tayo ng pagkain ng hayop, maganda po sanang maipon sila sa isang lugar para mas mabilis po nating magagawa ang pagsu-supply po," he told radio DZMM.

(If we will ration food for the animals, it's good if they were gathered in just one area so that we can bring the supplies more quickly.) 

Marasigan also told the public to avoid eating livestock that died due to the ashfall as these might be carrying disease. Authorities will instead help bury the carcasses, he said. 

DZMM, Jan. 15, 2020