Fires: animals need help

2008-09-03 00:00

The SPCA has made an urgent appeal for food for animals who have survived the fires in KwaZulu Natal, but are now facing starvation.

Yesterday, teams from the Pietermaritzburg, Durban, Vryheid and the national council of SPCAs were in Melmoth and Nkandla assisting where they could, and in some cases euthanasing burned animals.

Pietermaritzburg SPCA spokeswoman Maureen Vida said that besides livestock, chickens and cats also had to be put out of their agony.

“Because many of the fires were in rural areas, fewer animals have been burnt to death as they were unrestrained by fences and could run away,” said Vida. But many cattle and goats are now left hungry as all their grazing was burnt.

Vida said that food is not only required for livestock, but for domestic dogs, cats and chickens.

“Their owners have lost everything in the fires and are unable to feed their animals. It’s really bad. There are very many animals who need help.”

NSPCA society liaison officer for KZN, Dudu Moodley, described the scene as vast areas of devastation.

“We are shocked at the devastation the fires have caused and our hearts go out to individuals affected by them, in terms of possessions and dwellings, but most of all to those who have lost loved ones or whose friends and family have been hurt.”

Anyone who is able to donate food can deliver it to their nearest SPCA or make a donation to the NSPCA.

Account name: NSPCA; Bank: Standard Bank; Branch: Southdale; Account number: 201032015; Branch code: 006405; Reference: FIRES. For more information, please call 011 907 3590.

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