2 smuggled puppies euthanised
Johannesburg - Two of the 24 large breed puppies confiscated from Angolan nationals in the Northern Cape have been euthanised, the National Council of SPCAs said on Friday.
"They were confirmed as suffering from the highly contagious parvo virus," spokesperson Christine Kuch said.
"The others are in quarantine. It is noted that diseases have incubation periods and although the puppies may not currently be showing symptoms, this is a precaution to protect them and all other animals in the surrounding area."
She said there were various possible reasons why the dogs were being taken to Angola.
They might have been taken for fighting purposes, as breeding stock or to be used in the security industry, but it could not be overlooked that there was an increased demand for dog meat in parts of Africa, she said.
She said the whereabouts of the puppies could not be disclosed for security reasons.
Two alleged cross-border puppy traders were arrested at the Vioolsdrift border post in the Northern Cape on Thursday.
They were transporting the puppies.
Northern Cape police confirmed that two Angolan nationals were arrested.
Sergeant Andrea Cloete said they were expected to appear in the Springbok Magistrate's Court soon to face charges of smuggling.