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Smuggled greyhounds put down

2012-08-01 11:48

Johannesburg - Five greyhounds thought to pose a massive rabies risk were put down by the state veterinarian in Ermelo after they were smuggled from Swaziland into South Africa, Beeld reported on Tuesday.

The full-grown animals had been concealed in the boot of their owner's car.

Police became suspicious when the BMW took around 20 minutes to drive a distance of 2km after going through the Mahamba border post, and stopped the vehicle on the South African side.

According to Jenna Geel, senior inspector of the Secunda SPCA, the dogs were all emaciated, neglected and infested with fleas.

"When the car was searched at the border post, it had no animals in it," Geel said.

Shortly after the car entered SA, the driver presumably stopped next to the road to allow an accomplice to load the five animals into his boot.

Police were investigating the possibility that the dogs were en route to Klerksdorp, where they would have been used in illegal dog races.

The owner, Dumisa Mangwe, was arrested and charged with animal abuse and illegally importing animals. The dogs were put down on Monday, the paper reported.

Mangwe appeared in the eMkhhondo (Piet Retief) Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, and the case was postponed for further investigation.

Comments
  • snoopy.snoopaloop - 2012-08-01 13:24

    Why were they semerily put down? Where test done on the dogs? Did they test Positive for Rabies? Why are Criminals given second chances and not animals. Animals will never harm humans unless provoked. They are the most Loving and generous creatures! The Human Race is an ablsolute disgrace!

      Greg - 2012-08-01 14:17

      Snoopsy, I guess you didn't realize that to diagnose rabies, the animal's brain needs to be dissected, therefore they need to be dead... but it is a truly sad story indeed, poor things!!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-01 13:39

    Where is the owner?. Rotting in a prison cell I hope.

      stephanie.klarmann - 2012-08-01 13:47

      If only

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-08-01 13:58

    Sadly there is no test for Rabies, but to put the dogs down and then examine their brains, and do test on the brain tissue. But if you have ever seen a dog with rabies, then you know what you are looking for. A rabid dog is usually very quite until the signs start to show, it may walk around in circles snapping at the air for hours, until it dies, there are more signs but I will not write them here. I have seen many dogs with rabies, which is really sad as it is the owners fault that they are not immunized against it.

  • delish7564 - 2012-08-01 14:14

    Bas%$£ds, Bas%$£ds, Bas%$£ds!! These beautiful dogs are treated appallingly around the world once they have outgrown their "usefulness", so for this to happen here breaks my heart. I know what I'd like to do to these criminals!!!!

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