Dod found tied up with wire cutting into flesh


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:
-FINANCIAL SUPPORT
-Dog- and cat food (especially soft food for trapping ferals and de-worming dogs)
-Cat litter
-Newspapers
-Cat litter trays
-Cleaning materials such as mops and brooms
-Medicines such as dip, de-worming, vaccines
-Kennels (plastic)
-Books for book sales
-Any item that can be used for raffles
-A fridge for medicines

Banking details:
FOUR PAWS
Nedbank, Fourways
Branch code: 168405,
Acc no: 1684110750

Kind Regards
Four Paws
www.4ourpaws.org.za

Report ID: 263
Crime Category: Animal Cruelty
Province: Gauteng
City/Town: JOHANNESBURG
Suburb: Diepsloot
Address: Diepsloot, Johannesburg
Crime Date/Time: 20 Feb 2010, 00:02 AM
Reported By: Report A Crime
Reported Date: 12 Apr 2010, 12:04 PM
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  • Unknown 22 Sep 2010, 02:51 PM

    IT IS SO WRONG TO TIE UP A DOG. HOW WOULD THESE PEOPLE THAT TIE UP THEIR DOGS LIKE TO BE RESTRICTED AND HAVING THE ROPE/WIRE CUTTING INTO THEIR NECKS. TREAT YOUR PETS LIKE THEY YOUR CHILDREN AND NOT WILD ANIMALS.

  • Unknown 18 Jun 2010, 03:30 PM

    Humans need to learn that animals also have rights. If you cannot afford to look after your animal, don't abuse it, take them to the SPCA. I also wonder how can people keep a dog in the yard, and not notice a tight chain or the animal is starving. Shows you how selfish humans are.

  • Unknown 19 May 2010, 09:52 AM

    this is not right, the individual responsible for this should be put away forever.

  • Unknown 16 Apr 2010, 10:19 AM

    It breaks my heart everyday when I go on Barking Mad to make my click to feed these poor creatures, and see all the beautiful animals needing homes and the stories around them! To read and hear the atrocities of animal cruelty going on. I wish I could help in some way to stop it all. It is so unfair and saddens me deeply!!!

  • Unknown 15 Apr 2010, 11:09 AM

    Thank you Four Pawns for saving those poor animals, do not give up on them please!

  • Unknown 12 Apr 2010, 01:04 PM

    That guy must go to jail!!!

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