NSPCA: Keep animals warm too
Johannesburg - The National Council of SPCAs urged people on Tuesday to be aware of the potential dangers the countrywide cold weather conditions posed to domestic, farm and wild animals.
"The NSPCA has been advised that there are already vehicles carrying live animals being trapped in areas between road closures and unable to proceed on the journey," the animal welfare organisation said in a statement.
"The best advice is not to transport animals in these conditions."
It was important to make sure that there was enough food and water - that was not frozen - available.
"Frostbite and pneumonia can develop in animals during extreme cold conditions. Sick, weak or injured animals must be brought under or preferably into shelter. Blankets, sacks or even hay bales can be used as protection for the animals if no other options exist," said the NSPCA.
In case of an animal emergency, the NSPCA can be contacted on 011-907-3590.