GEORGE NEWS - Last week Salome Botha, senior inspector at the Garden Route SPCA and seasoned campaigner for animal rights, was stopped in her tracks during an inspection in Borcherds when a woman brought her a badly burnt female puppy wrapped in an old blanket. It is believed that the puppy walked on burning coals.
Botha said that if she hadn't chosen to go to that specific area that day the puppy would have suffered for days or weeks. "Finding very sick and injured animals during our daily outreach is not uncommon.
That is why it is so important for our inspectors to be visible in these areas."
Botha was angry because the puppy's owner stays close to the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), but made no effort to ask for assistance. "She heard our vehicle in the road and calmly walked out of her yard with the puppy in her arms. I asked her why she didn't look for help, but she couldn't answer me. I then asked her if one of her children suffered burns if she would also just leave it, to which she replied no."
The puppy's paws and stomach were severely burned. It also showed signs of distemper. "A very difficult decision was made to end her suffering." Botha says that they are busy with an investigation into the incident so that the full might of the law can be applied.
|Crime Category:||Animal Cruelty|
|Crime Date/Time:||31 Oct 2013, 00:10 AM|
|Reported By:||Report A Crime|
|Reported Date:||31 Oct 2013, 13:10 PM|