Dog fight stopped in its tracks

2015-05-05 06:00
The City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement Animal Control Unit have impounded more than 200 dogs involved in dog-fighting since January last year. This photo is for illustration only.   

PHOTO: 
Samantha Lee

The City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement Animal Control Unit have impounded more than 200 dogs involved in dog-fighting since January last year. This photo is for illustration only. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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The City’s animal control unit stopped a dog fight in progress in Eastridge on Friday 3 April.

The members of law enforcement ­impounded the two pit bull terriers that had been used in the fight and fined their owners to the value of R4600.

The officers were on patrol when they ­noticed suspicious activity where a group of people had gathered on an open field, says Richard Bosman, the City of Cape Town’s executive director for safety and security.

The impounded dogs were taken to the local SPCA.

Dog fighting is illegal, Bosman says.

“We are currently seeking magisterial ­approval that the maximum admission of guilt fine be R5 000 for such offences. We would also like to see offenders facing the prospect of being arrested in certain circumstances,” says Bosman.

Since January last year, the City’s animal control unit has impounded more than 280 dogs following attacks on people and other animals.

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Dog-fighting, or any other animal-related offences, may be reported to the emergency call centre on 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone

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