Boys allegedly stealing pets for dog-fighting syndicate

2014-06-03 00:00

PET owners in Phoenix are on the lookout for a gang of boys who steal cats and dogs, reportedly to use in dog fights.

Phoenix Animal Care and Treatment (Pact) said the boys, between the ages of nine and 12, walk from a nearby informal settlement to catch pets in Phoenix.

Neeri Naidoo for Pact said the boys seemed to be stealing dogs in order to train them to catch and kill cats.

She said a resident had confronted the gang of boys and they had informed the resident that they boil the cats and feed the carcasses to their dogs. In one instance, the gang used a bitch on heat to lure a number of dogs to them.

The boys said they take the stolen dogs and dead cats to a man in the Amaoti settlement, who keeps them.

“We suspect they may use the small dogs and cats as bait in a dog-fighting syndicate,” said Naidoo.

Police spokesperson Captain Jay Naicker confirmed one incident had been reported in connection with the cat thefts.

He said a group of people with dogs had chased a cat into a tree on Westham Street in Phoenix at about 6.30 pm. They started throwing stones at the cat. The Phoenix police are investigating a transgression of the Animal Protection Act.

Naicker said the police could not do much about the gang of boys until the pet owners laid a charge.

Naidoo added the only way for the community to limit the gang’s activities was to take photos of the boys when they are seen in the area and contact Pact as soon as possible.

• Pact volunteers can be reached at 084 609 3962, or e-mailed at, or contact through

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