Robbers poisoning dogs in Howick

2012-04-18 00:00

POLICE are appealing for information after a spate of six housebreakings and pet poisoning cases in Howick in the past two months.

Dogs are being poisoned with an agricultural poison, Temic.

Police spokesperson Captain Lolly Moodley, who is also a victim of this crime, said the suspects had stolen cars, cash and jewellery.

Moodley said the suspects usually struck in the early hours of the morning. “If the dog eats Temic, in two to three hours it is dead,” he said.

A resident,who declined to be named, said her Jack Russell was killed last month in an attempt to break in. However, her alarm went off before the burglars could gain access to her home.

“I was looking through the window as the suspect threw a sausage roll and a pie to my to dogs.” The distraught woman said the dog died immediately after eating them.

She said two years ago two of her dogs were poisoned and everything in her home was stolen.

The spokesperson for Pietermaritzburg’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), Maureen Vida, said farmers use Temic to do away with problem animals.

“It is also known as ‘two step’ because it is so fast acting.”

Vida said Temic cold be purchased only with a permit, but it was also available on the black market.

“Unless people train their dogs not to take food from strangers it may be difficult for residents to protect their dogs.

“Be aware of any strange food such as pies or sausages or chunks of bread lying around in your garden and remove them immediately,” she advised.

The police said the suspects drove a white bakkie without registration plates, were smartly dressed and could be armed.

Moodley urged residents to call the police when they noticed something suspicious.

Police warned that farmers should ensure their stocks of Temic are safeguarded to prevent them being stolen and used on pets.

Anyone who has any information about the incidents should call Warrant Officer Werner Claasen at 033 239 9343 or 082 725 0920.

• gabisile.ngcobo@witness.co.za

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