Complaint against CT 'dog whisperer'

2012-01-14 23:15

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Cape Town - A Cape Town veterinarian laid a formal complaint with the SPCA against the owner of the Rottweiler which bit a two-year-old girl on Clifton beach in Cape Town, the Saturday Star reported.

ER24 spokesperson Andre Visser said at the time of the incident on Wednesday the girl had sustained a puncture wound to her left calf.

The girl underwent surgery on the same day and was discharged from hospital on Thursday, Pretoria News reported on Friday.

Rondebosch vet David Grant said he laid a formal complaint with the SPCA against the owner of the Rottweiler, James Lech, in June last year in connection with a separate incident at the time.

Lech, a "dog whisperer", was apparently black-listed by animal welfare organisations following the complaint.

Grant said he was called out by a client who needed his dog sedated for a trip to Johannesburg, where he met Lech.

The Saturday Star reported that Grant was presented with a dog that had been bound tightly with nylon ropes, could hardly move and was scared.

Grant apparently expressed his disapproval of the animal's treatment to Lech, who allegedly felt such treatment was acceptable.

Grant asked Lech and his client to leave after tranquillising the dog. He wrote to the client asking him not to return to his practise and reported the incident to the SPCA the next day.

When contacted for comment, Lech said he would issue a statement with facts of the matter within seven days.

- SAPA

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