Dog theft a growing trend

2015-11-17 06:00
Kyro Brower reunited with her furry friend Photo: supplied

Kyro Brower reunited with her furry friend Photo: supplied

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PET owners are warned to take extra precautions in keeping their furry friends safe as the theft of dogs are on a steady increase in the Upper Highway area.

The most recent incident occurred last week where a female Staffie cross, which was adopted from the Kloof SPCA in July, was stolen from a home with electric gates in Winchelsea Avenue.

The owner, Kyro Brower, posted her missing dog’s photo and information all over social media and made posters that were put up around the area.

Brower said that the man who stole the dog tried to sell it for R300 to another gentleman and said he had found the dog.

“The kind gentleman thought that this dog defiantly belonged to someone and immediately offered the man a smaller amount of money as the man who stole her was so desperate for any money,” she said.

She said that the gentleman who bought the dog then made enquiries and saw the missing posters which the Brower had distributed and contacted her immediately.

The dog, Nelly as she has been named, was happily re-united with her heartbroken and loving family who were overjoyed to have their beloved pet home safe and sound.

Hillcrest SAPS CPF public relations officer Steven King said that the police have seen a definite increase in such cases.

King said that they believe the pups are being stolen for the purpose of dog fighting.

“We can’t confirm but there is always a possibility that this is the work of a syndicate and that eventually these dogs will make their way across the border into neighbouring countries.

“People must ensure that their pets are kept safe and that they are micro chipped which makes it easier to identify and trace the owners,” he added

Lisa Gadd of the Kloof and Highway SPCA said that any dog is in danger of being stolen regardless of breed, sex or age.

“Unsterilised males dogs are at risk as we have received information of male dogs being lured to property fence lines, with material smelling of the discharge of a female dog in season.
“Puppies and younger dogs are also at risk as they are far easier to handle,” she said.

“A stolen dog may end up living a miserable life and may be exposed to horrific cruelty and suffering. One of the worst possible fates for a stolen animal is to be used as “bait” for the training of dogs used for dog fighting. These dogs are attacked repeatedly by other dogs that are set on them by their trainers, in order to re-inforce their lust for blood and fighting. Sadly the ‘bait’ dog is unable to defend itself as usually its muzzle area is taped up with duct tape and it may also be restrained using different methods.”

The Kloof & Highway SPCA urges dog owners to help prevent their dogs from being ‘stolen’ by:

1) Ensuring that your property is secure and that your dog is unable to escape or be lured outside your home.

2) Ensuring your dog is sterilised as sterilised animals are less likely to wander or to try and escape from their homes whilst females are in season. Most vets are able to sterilise animals from three months and upwards.

3) Ensuring that your dog has identification tags AND preferably a microchip. A collar with an identification tag is easily removed.

4) Report any missing animals to your closest SPCA immediately and open a case of theft at the nearest SAPS if you have witnessed or have witnesses to confirm dog theft.

The Kloof & Highway SPCA can be contacted on (031) 764 1212/3 or on 073 3359 322 for after-hour emergencies.

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