SPCA admits dog crisis in Philippi

2011-07-13 08:45

Cape Town – Two children who were attacked on Sunday afternoon in the Sweet Home Farm squatter’s camp in Philippi are recuperating well at home.

The dog, which was owned by a neighbour of Ivile Ntlanwini, 4, and Asivikeke Rorarwana, 4, was meanwhile removed by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

Asivikeke’s aunt, Zodwa Fente, said the two children were playing in the street when they were attacked.

The dog bit both children in the face, apparently attacking them when they wanted to play with the animal’s puppies.

Fente said another neighbour tried to get the dogs away from the children. The bitch wouldn’t let go and was beaten with a stick.

The children were taken to the Hanover Park clinic.

Fente said the children’s parents were at a community meeting - where the problem of stray dogs and dogs without supervision was being discussed - at the time of the attack.

Asivikeke’s mother, Nothando Rorarwana, said on Tuesday her daughter was now too scared to play outside.

Both children’s parents said the owner of the dog had said nothing about the incident.

Allen Perrins, director of the Cape SPCA, said the two incidents in Sweet home Farm were unusual.

Mr Allen Perrins, director of the Cape SPCA, said the attacks in Sweet Home Farm are unusual. “We have to admit there is a crisis in Sweet Home Farm. We picked up more than 12 dogs on Monday because we feared for their lives.”

After the attacks, the community threatened to kill all dogs in the area.

Perrins said the SPCA would begin an awareness campaign so that residents had more information about how to care for their pets.

He said the dog that had attacked the children would not be put down. “We hope to find a good and safe home for the mother and her litter.”

  • Deeteem - 2011-07-13 08:56

    What about charging he parents for being negligent in not educating their children !!

      Geetsy - 2011-07-13 09:09

      Man! but some people are stupid! On which page of the parenting manual does it tell you to educate 4 year old children not to play with puppies? This was a dreadful incident, but one can hardly blame the parents. It is so easy to be wise after the event.

      Melanie Walsh - 2011-07-13 09:38

      The parents were at a meeting to stop the exact situation the children had.

      Paralegal - 2011-07-13 09:42

      I'm sorry but one of the first things my parents taught us was NEVER to put your face near a dog - whether its your own or someone else's - ESPECIALLY if they have puppies. This is definitely a problem of poor parenting.

      Jay - 2011-07-13 09:53

      I agree, i spend alot of time in the townships and the dogs are left to run wild and form packs, these dogs are so hungry its not even funny. But what are 4 year olds doing unsupervised around a bitch that just had pups, crazy. and now it will be the dogs fault.

      Krush - 2011-07-13 10:53

      Firstly, in townships the dogs run wild because their owners don't look after them. Those that don't have owners are there to scavenge. The children run around unsupervised from a young age. This is not the dogs fault, the fault lies with the people. They do not look after their children or their animals. There should not be ANY animals in the townships. Nobody there should be allowed to own a dog. All the dogs should be collected and if a decent home cannot be found for them, as cruel as it sounds, they need to be put down.

      Daemos1 - 2011-07-13 12:51

      you live in the township Krush? no? then shut up

      KnysnaSha - 2011-07-13 12:56

      One can blame the parents, they were not there. One of the parents should have stayed at home with the children. To leave 4 year olds playing on their own invites other problems too, abduction, rape, accidents etc. There should ALWAYS be a responsible adult supervising kids of that age.

      Tinkie - 2011-07-13 13:15

      There is a begger in East London that has a dog that goes everywhere with him. Whatever food he finds in bins or is given, he gives half to his dog. His dog walks along side him, has never been a problem, is clean, well loved and faithful. It is also very friendly giving a friendly tail wag to everyone and seems to attract the kids. The beggar has also never been a pest or anything. From what we have been told, he found the dog as a puppy when someone dumped a litter of puppies. This was the only one to survive. There is no reason, no matter what, that a person cannot look after their pet properly. This man taught us that. Despite being homeless, his dog is taken care of and trained well. Look after your pets and they will look after you.

  • KW1 - 2011-07-13 08:57

    just like any other animal in the world she was protecting her babies.... you cant blame her...

      Versace - 2011-07-13 09:15

      Protecting her babies from 4 year old's??? Please man!!!!

      KD - 2011-07-13 09:19

      Versace, do you honestly think a mother dog considers the age of the person who is coming near her young? Its the most basic instinct for animals to protect their young. With all due respect, you're a fool.

      Bettysue - 2011-07-13 09:20

      @Versace - geez - you can't be that dof can you? The dog WAS protecting her young - she(the dog) does not know how old the 'danger' is - the child was a threat.

      Ray - 2011-07-13 09:31

      versace-you are a moron and have obviously never had a dog[hopefully!].

      Harold - 2011-07-13 09:31

      Indeed Versace I would not let a 4 year old near a puppy unsupervised, not only because of the mother but a 4 year old can harm a puppy very easily.Clearly you have little experience of either animals or children.

      Umfubi - 2011-07-13 09:33

      Didn't your mommy teach you either, Versace?

      WillF - 2011-07-13 09:47

      Nobody is blaming the dog - what is wrong with the comprehension skills of some of you people? The dog is not being put down and is going to a better home. It is irrelivent what the dog was doing or protecting. The problem is stray dogs and a very, very poor section of society. Think about that next time your pooch curls up on your feet in front of your little heater. The problem is irresponsible people with too many pets. It is not the 4 year olds fault either.

      Lauren-Ashleigh - 2011-07-13 10:55

      I think Versace's 4yrs old! lol #fail

      Daemos1 - 2011-07-13 12:53

      LOL @ Versace, you're either a troll or an ignoramus

      Flee - 2011-07-13 13:38

      WillF... the problem comes that the community is blaming all dogs and being the idiots they are will go on a rampage again, throwing puppies on the train tracks and beating the bejeevers out of them... The community does not seem to care that they in all respects have created the Monster(s) in the area... The parents leave two 4 year old children untended... They should be euthanized...

      grimbie1 - 2011-07-13 15:16

      Versace.. wow stupidity should be painful

  • inequality - 2011-07-13 08:58

    wait a minute the parents were at a community meeting .....who was supervising the children? The mothers really should invest in taking duties/turns in minding for the kids - build a designated play area etc

      dawie.schoeman1 - 2011-07-13 09:53

      Yeah Sure, " a designated play area..." It's a squatter camp my friend. They can't even build a propper house to live in. Have you ever been to a squatter camp? Do you know what it's like to be a squatter? Didn't think so. Put yourself in their situation before you judge.

      Krush - 2011-07-13 10:55

      @dawie.schoeman1. Have you seen the white squatter areas? Utter poverty. However, it is supervised with designated play areas for the children.

      Daemos1 - 2011-07-13 12:56

      @Krush, white and black squatter areas are worlds apart.

      Flee - 2011-07-13 13:43

      Dawie, I have been to squatter camps, the people can not build houses, or play area's, or look after their pets but can drive new B'mers and top end vehicles?? Explain that one please??

      grimbie1 - 2011-07-13 15:19

      white and black squatter camps.. really? is this still the 80's? never knew there were such things.. sorry ignorant i thnk i am but first i heard of such thing.

  • 1gascan - 2011-07-13 08:59

    So all dogs and their owners must face the music because one person did not have his dog under control?? That's like saying if a child at school bullies other, he should be punished along with all the other kids for no particular reason... The onus is on the owners of their pets to ensure that they are enclosed, and that if they are out, they are restrained correctly - it has nothing to do with all of the other people who abide by the rules. Just saying...

  • Lankmoedig - 2011-07-13 09:01

    This goes to show, education is everything!

  • KomboKitten - 2011-07-13 09:13


  • Claws - 2011-07-13 09:13

    All animals mothers will protect her babies - but then look at the human mothers - oh where are they? At a meeting. Who is looking after the kids? Eish. Dont blame the animals, they are worth a million times more than the human trash that breeds and breeds and breeds.

  • RoyoF - 2011-07-13 09:13

    Dogs that are unleashed , in a public area or street that attack people and children without provocation should be shot immeadiatly by a officer of the law or an empowered citizen .They are a pest and a danger to society .

      K_za - 2011-07-13 09:25

      You are a pest and a danger to society with that mentality. What about all the street children that are unleashed in a public area---do you think the same should apply? An animal NEVER attacks without provocation. There is always the human factor involved. Humans make animals aggressive. Humans are to blame.

      Ray - 2011-07-13 09:32

      Kay_za-Spot on!!

      DarkAngel - 2011-07-13 12:24

      RoyOf.....F..O..C...OFF. You dont know what u're saying!!! Those dogs live in horrible conditions and no one can blame a bitch for protecting her babies! The SPCA should ban dogs in townships. They dont look after their pets.

      Daemos1 - 2011-07-13 12:57

      You guys like feeding trolls ne?

  • Mike-O - 2011-07-13 09:17

    Just remove and put down all dogs in the camp - it is kinder than the abuse and neglect they suffer there.

      KnysnaSha - 2011-07-13 13:06

      Very sad but you do have a point. BUT there are some responsible owners that love their animals and do keep them enclosed on their property. I do think the SPCA and Animal Welfare (who ever works in the relevant areas) should pick up more dogs that are just running around and not secured (notice not chained up which is a crime too) but I am sure they would not have the facilities or resources to cope with the huge amount of dogs that they would have to house and re-home. There are a lot of sterilization drives that run in various townships (by vets, animal rescues, SPCA, Animal Welfare) and if you really want to put your money were your mouth is they are always looking for volunteers or financial help. I have done it twice on the Garden Route and it was great fun too. You will be amazed how many owners of animals in the township do bring in their pets to be sterilised. It is the answer.Kitty and Puppy haven also do volunteer work in Alex in JHB for those animal lovers that would want to make a difference and not just talk about it.

  • ggierke - 2011-07-13 09:20

    If you can't afford to live in a formal settlement don't have children and don't keep animals that also need to be fed and cost you resources. You breed and your animals breed without any consideration for your own well being and that of the planet. How would you react if I let my children take your week old children away? The dog has even stronger instincts then you about this and your children need to be educated about it. But you can't educate your children because you don't know any better. So I implore you not to have any more children or keep animals.

  • Bettysue - 2011-07-13 09:24

    Township dogs are better off dead. I am a dog lover but the majority of these dogs are not looked after, are left to roam wild, the 'owners' can't afford to feed them, medicate them, they don't 'domesticate' them. A dog is an animal and when left to roam wild will be wild!

  • Newsferret - 2011-07-13 09:26

    I guess as both parents were at a community meeting leaving young children unsupervised at home, had the house been set on fire the community would have blamed the Lion Matches company, but the community and its members are never to blame.

      myoomsemotor - 2011-07-13 11:14

      where in the article does it say the children were left unsupervised at home?

      Daemos1 - 2011-07-13 12:58

      "the two children were playing in the street when they were attacked." does it sound like there was any supervision going on?

      Flee - 2011-07-13 13:53

      Myoomsemotor... The parents were attending a community meeting... Guessing everyone attended, leaving the kid to play in the street ... Parents to be charged with negligence..... had they been run over by a car the driver would be to blame and yet they shouldn't have been in the road... Really...

      myoomsemotor - 2011-07-13 14:44

      @flee guessing is the correct word.....

      Flee - 2011-07-13 16:30

      Myoom... Many say its only an animal.. but if you investigate most mass and serial murderers, they started off with animal cruelty... .. no wonder half the people in this country will gladly kill for no F*ing reason...

      myoomsemotor - 2011-07-14 09:14

      @flee aren't you jumping the gun there a bit dude? 4year olds? animal cruelty? come on dude get real...

  • sfgemeni - 2011-07-13 09:28

    It is that dogs maternal instinct to protect her puppies from anyone and anything she regards as a threat. Now the dog has to suffer the consequence. That’s just wrong. My own dog gets defensive if I come close to her puppies. What do these people think will happen These kids should not be left unattended anyway. The parents are just as much to blame. Even more in my eyes than the dog.

      Christo - 2011-07-13 10:41

      And the community threatening to kill all dogs in the area is just irrational. Clearly these people have issues that they want to take out on the dogs, as if that would solve their problems.

  • sushiqueen2 - 2011-07-13 09:34

    And that is why doffies, when we have children we dont let them out of our sites for one second!!!!!!!!!!

      WillF - 2011-07-13 09:52

      I want you to drive through a squater camp shouting that. You don't travel much do you? (I'm not talking about Europe where you see how 5% of the worlds population live) Travel to see the other 95% of the worlds population and experience societies in poverty and how they function

      gizzy - 2011-07-13 11:37

      WillF, if there is so much poverty, why are they still breeding? Bad enough that they breed like flies but to let their animals do the same is DOF!

      KnysnaSha - 2011-07-13 13:12

      Gizzy, because unless your animal is sterilised it is very hard to keep them separated if they are not fenced in when they are in heat. Animal instincts are very strong at that time and to have them altered costs a lot of money. It is a viscous circle.

      Flee - 2011-07-13 13:55

      Knysna... DONT HAVE PETS if you cant feed or sterilize them.. and really the SPCA And other NPO's go into the townships and sterilize these animals for free so there is no excuse, just lazy, uneducated ignorance...

  • Lulu - 2011-07-13 09:37

    She was just protecting her puppies.Its a normal protective instinct. Its time parents took some responsibility!!! Teach your kids how to handle animals properly. Its common sense.

  • Catsanon - 2011-07-13 09:39

    There is a desperate situation in SA as a whole when it comes to animal over population. The problem lies with backyard breeding and people thinking they can make money out of animals and having no commitment in owning a pet - see Gumtree. The ignorance is wide spread and there is no colour, cultural, or geographic barrier where this ignorance occurs. Animal welfare organisations are cash strapped and not supported by government, sterilsing animals at a private vet is expensive and people have this notion that it's cute for the children to see a litter of kittens or puppies born or to play with. Another notion is that male dogs or cats should not be sterilised because they are not the problem. I know this because I'm involved in arranging spay campaigns in indigent areas. One of the problems is getting permission from SAVC to hold these sterilising campaigns, another problem is getting decent facilities to hold these campaigns, some councillors will not let welfare utilise community halls as "animals are dirty and it's just a dog", raising funds is problem, it costs welfare R250 per female sterilisation and then there is the complete lack of education across the board as how to look after and respect an animal. Blaming the parents or killing the animals is not the answer, the answer is to support your local animal welfare organisation and sponsor a sterilisation on a monthly basis. I commend the people who work in animal welare, it is a thankless depressing task.

      KnysnaSha - 2011-07-13 13:16

      Very well said.As money is tight with me I volunteered my time on to sterilisation clinics in a township in my area. The first sterilisation drive they managed to do 70 animals in one day which I thought was great. The turnout was excellent and it was very educational. I also think what the various animal welfare's do is amazing, heart breaking, hard job and they should be commended.

  • mjohaa - 2011-07-13 09:48

    @ RoyoF what happens to the scum that walks the street everyday when they commit something that can harm someone knowingly do they get shot immediately or are they doing the same thing the next day??? A animal acts out of instinct what a humans excuse??

  • Samantha - 2011-07-13 09:57

    any mother will defend her babies, animal or human- why dont parents teach their children this- but of course who cares when u can just put the animals down grrrrr-

  • Michelle - 2011-07-13 10:18

    Obviously they were bitten!! Where were the parents?? You don't let little kids play with puppies when the bitch just wants to protect them!!!

  • ChrisG - 2011-07-13 10:35

    It always amazes me that 4 year old children are attacked and people are worried instead about the dog.

      myoomsemotor - 2011-07-13 11:30

      Thanks Chris for bringing this up, i bet you they would not have been worried about the dogs if white 4year olds were attacked, i am so ashamed of my fellow white man/woman.. that is abolutely sad, and you even have 3 dumbs down for you comment.... shame on you people shame on all of you....

      ChrisG - 2011-07-13 12:12

      These people wouldn't be so sympathetic if it was their own child that had been attacked. They're quick to pass judgement and offer solutions, but as long it doesn't affect them, it's someone else's problem.

      DarkAngel - 2011-07-13 12:27

      Yes Chris I understand what you say, we all hope the kids will be ok, BUT it is the STUPIDITY of PEOPLE that lead to this tragedy. Not stupidity of the dogs!

      ChrisG - 2011-07-13 13:03

      @Dark Angel, I agree but we've also got to face up to realities in this country. Most families have 2 working parents, you can't keep an eye on your children 24/7 and accidents are going to happen. These parents were in a meeting discussing exactly this problem when their child was attacked. They were trying to do something about it and people here are crucifying them for it.

      Gambino - 2011-07-13 13:12

      You are right.....priorities?

  • hayley111 - 2011-07-13 10:38

    pls sign the petition: we need to seriously think about restricting the domestic breeding of cats and dogs for financial gain.

  • mamakalami - 2011-07-13 10:52

    I think there should be regulation regarding ownership of pets. Growing up in Soweto unsupervised animals were a real menace. Some of the people can hardly feed the animals - the animals are often attacked and abused - making them skeptical of humans and thus aggressive. The SPCA should really take the responsibility of collecting all these compromised animals away from these dire conditions.

      anna - 2011-07-13 11:14

      Thank you! So glad to see someone is thinking rationally about this!

      Lanfear - 2011-07-13 11:51

      Fully agreed! What I find most worrying in the whole story is that a 4 year old child was left unattended to play in the streets. Why didn't the parents take them with to the meeting? Or leave with someone trustworthy? Or only one parent go and meet and the other look after the children? Besides, a female dog with puppies will protect her puppies and are more aggressive than usual. The SPCA must take responsibility especially for teaching people how to work with and care for dogs. And why not make spaying free? It is already funded by the government but more should be done to get rid of all the over-populated and unwanted dogs. Threatening to kill all the dogs in the area is a knee-jerk reaction that will benefit nobody.

      Tamz.S - 2011-07-13 14:07

      Except that the SPCA cannot afford to sort all this out. They rely on donations from the public and SO few people donate to animal charities. The government needs to pay the SPCA to sort it out.

  • thulanikennetha38 - 2011-07-13 11:07

    Viva Xenophobia on stray dogs Viva

      Flee - 2011-07-13 16:21


  • Annie - 2011-07-13 11:27

    How disgusting that revenge is likely to be taken out on the dogs, when the real fault lies with neglectful and no doubt in many cases cruel owners. there are no bad dogs, just bad owners. these poor critters were probably grossly underfed as well. ah well, its not everyone's culture to love and care for animals, izzit?

  • myoomsemotor - 2011-07-13 11:45

    no one gives a DAMN abut the children, what the HELL is wrong with you people..... you all are sick individuals !!!!!!!!!!

      Flee - 2011-07-13 16:23

      The damn children have idiots for parents... cant blame them, but this situation was generated by the ignorant people in the community... Suffer the consequences of your ignorance. In any case snot noses shouldn't have been messing with the pups and should have had an adult watching them...

      myoomsemotor - 2011-07-13 16:36

      exactly why i'm saying that you a sick bastard.

  • StevieWonder - 2011-07-13 11:57

    I think the headline should read: "ANC admits people crisis in Philipi" whahahaha

  • Gibbonater - 2011-07-13 12:30

    This is so typical of townships. Everyone and thing just carries on breeding like there is no tomorrow. Why is there no active campaign to spade and/or newter all animals. Once again the animal must bear the brunt of mans stupidity. They can hardly feed themselves yet all you see are kids and animals roaming everywhere. Sterilisation is the only answer.

      mamakalami - 2011-07-13 13:44

      gibbonater - judging someone from a distance can be a very risky business. I do not think we have a population explosion problem to justify stringent birth control measures. If these policies were implemented they would really have to be enforced in all sectors within the country – you, I and everyone would have to account for the number of children we can have legally. Personally I would not take lightly to someone recommending the number of children I should have - it's a personal choice. China has been practicing one child policies for decades – it’s a messy business.

      Tamz.S - 2011-07-13 14:12

      Sterilisation of people too!

  • CatClawz - 2011-07-13 12:54

    The mother dog did what ANY protective mother of ANY species would do if they feel their offspring threatened. Those children should have been supervised by their stupid, negligent parents. Social Services should remove the children from the home because the parents are clearly the greatest danger to their children. What the hell were two four year old children doing outside their home in the first place WITHOUT adult supervision. Ignorant people should be banned from breeding because they clearly do not know what responsibility means. I am really glad the dog will not be put down. She should not die because of the negligent humans.; she was simply being protective over HER babies, which is a lot more than I can say for the stupid humans who could not supervise their human offspring. Idiots!

  • KnysnaSha - 2011-07-13 12:54

    Why weren't one of the parents with the 4 year olds?? I see it all the time in the townships, little ones roaming around on their own. It is time people looked after their children properly and dog owners in the township started keeping their dogs enclosed on the property. Dogs should not be roaming freely on the streets either- for this very reason.

  • NightshadowZA - 2011-07-13 13:10

    Allen Perrins, director of the Cape SPCA, said the two incidents in Sweet home Farm were unusual. Mnr. Allen Perrins, direkteur van die Kaapse DBV, het gesê die voorvalle in Sweet Home Farm is ongewoon. “We have to admit there is a crisis in Sweet Home Farm. We picked up more than 12 dogs on Monday because we feared for their lives.” Another wonderful article by the News24 crew where they can be bothered to proof read.

  • Tamz.S - 2011-07-13 13:56

    SPAY AND NEUTER!!!!!!!!!! ITS NOT THE ANIMALS FAULT! THEY ARE STARVING! Everyday I see animals from townships, bone thin, no water, tied up, axes in their heads, beaten up, abused, scared. THESE PEOPLE CANNOT CARE FOR THEIR ANIMALS AT ALL!!!!

      Flee - 2011-07-13 16:27

      Tamz... Seen it too, and would love to reciprocate the deed to the bastards who cant even look after an animal... Why breed if you cant look after your kids or animals... Peeved!!.

  • L.A - 2011-07-13 15:39

    put those bustered down!

  • Jabulaniboy - 2011-07-14 00:28

    The SPCA should kill this dog. Then we should all kill the SPCA After all......Dogs have rights. The right to bite stupid people and trespassers.

  • bcnw - 2011-07-14 15:12

    Why must people who cannot feed themselves have `pets`? Animals should be banned from these townships as those residents will never be educated in caring for them, neutering them etc. Now the SPCA, who probably gets ZILCH from the government, have to do the ghastly work of rounding up these innocent unfortunate creatures.Shame on all of them who butchered and killed them, savages.

  • Nicole Southgate - 2011-09-22 16:00

    Four-year-olds should not be playing in the street!

  • Virginia - 2012-02-29 08:06

    Unfortunately if you have nobody to look after the kids, you simply cannot go to any meeting whatsoever! Especially such small children. The mother dog was being a better mother trying to protect her puppies than the adults were with their children. The human population is also bursting at its seams, time for them to be spayed & neutered if they can't afford to look after their kids. The animals all suffer because of humans neglecting them. Incidentally, 4 yr olds can be very rough when handling pets of any age!

  • Olivia du Plessis - 2014-01-28 14:56

    My son is 4 with 2 disorders and we have dogs but he has been taught not to play with strange pups or dogs. Parents should educate their children that a dog with puppies will try and defend her litter but it's so easy to blame the animals when people are ignorant.

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