Dog dies a gruesome death

2013-07-15 00:00

A HEAVILY pregnant German Shepherd dog died a gruesome death when she was electrocuted by exposed live wires lying on the side of a road at Copesville on Friday.

It was already too late when the SPCA authorities were called to the scene, because the dog had already been long dead, spokesperson Maureen Vida from the Msunduzi Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) said.

Vida said their nurse and inspector, armed with broomsticks, could not get close to the dog because the illegally connected wires were still live and crackling.

They were hoping to get to the dog, which was lying across the wires, but it was too risky and they eventually called municipal officials to disconnect the wires.

“Until [the wires were] disconnected, there was nothing we could do. We couldn’t get close. They were scared that they could also get electrocuted,” Vida said.

“I suppose her puppies inside died too. It’s awful. [Illegal connections] lying around pose a real threat not only to people, but animals as well,” she said.

Just last week, The Witness reported that Aviwe Vava, a six-year-old, slipped and, in an attempt to break her fall, grabbed a live wire at the Jika Joe informal settlement. She was electrocuted and died.

The shock threw Aviwe into a nearby stream.

Tony Mewalal of Copesville, who alerted the SPCA about the German Shepherd, said his daughter-in-law spotted the helpless dog around 12 pm on Friday. He said another dog died in a similar manner a few years ago, a stone’s throw away from his house.

It was reported that illegal electricity connections by informal settlement residents cost the municipality R90 million a year.

Copesville residents living in formal houses have been complaining to the municipality for years that their children’s lives are at risk due to these illegal connections.


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