We recently sent out the story of a beautiful boy from Diepsloot that we found tied up in a backyard.
On closer inspection, we made a shocking discovery. The piece of wire around the neck of the dog was so tight; it had been cutting deep into the flesh, all around his neck.
The owner denied being aware of this and claimed that he did not see or realized that the wire was so tight. He said that he is forced to keep his dog on a chain, because the dog is killing the neighbours chickens and his neighbour is threatening to kill his dog. He claims that he did not make the wire so tight and that the dog must have pulled on it.
We warned him that he is guilty of animal cruelty (even IF not intentional) and told him to hand over the dog to us, or further legal actions will be taken. We also told him that he is not allowed to keep any dog in this manner ever again. Regular visits will be paid to his house to make sure of this.
The two images of the dog, before and after the procedure, were taken by my vet in the beginning of February this year. That is also the only pictures we have. The other picture of the dog after recovery, was taken by ourselves at the end of March.
Bruno (as we called him) had a happy ending and found a very loving home.
This is unfortunately NO isolated case. I have personally seen 7 cases of dogs in this condition over the last few years. Organizations such as CLAW, HAWS and Animals in Distress have also reported cases like this. Ignorance plays a VERY big role in animal cruelty in Townships. To press charges (which will bring you nowhere – I have been there many times!), is not going to solve the problem. We make it our mission to EDUCATE all pet owners about proper pet care. So many dogs in Townships also have absolutely no shelter.
We do NOT tolerate any cruelty! Even though our laws do not prevent dogs from being kept on chains (as long as the dog has enough space to move around), we simply tell them they are not allowed to keep a dog on a chain and threaten them with legal action and opening a case against them. This is most effective, and we have saved many dogs this way from living a life on a chain. (Unfortunately, animal cruelty cases are not taken very seriously in this country. It seems the police will only investigate if it was a SPCA inspector who laid the charges; the dog died because of the abuse; and there was a huge public outcry about the case. The police simply does nothing, in cases such as these, believe me, I have tried many times).
The reality is that MANY dogs are kept on short chains in Townships everywhere. Not all of them have tight wires cutting into their necks, but for all of them life on a chain is a living hell! We can only do our best to educate people and to ensure that less and less dogs have to live like this.
Our wish list:
-Dog- and cat food (especially soft food for trapping ferals and de-worming dogs)
-Cat litter trays
-Cleaning materials such as mops and brooms
-Medicines such as dip, de-worming, vaccines
-Books for book sales
-Any item that can be used for raffles
-A fridge for medicines
Branch code: 168405,
Acc no: 1684110750
|Crime Category:||Animal Cruelty|
|Crime Date/Time:||20 Feb 2010, 00:02 AM|
|Reported By:||Report A Crime|
|Reported Date:||12 Apr 2010, 12:04 PM|