SPCA: Diwali bangs and owner negligence lead to dog deaths and trauma

2009-10-19 00:00

A JACK Russell sat in the corner of the enclosure as we walked through the holding area of the SPCA. It hid its face under a shaky paw as we neared the cage.

“It takes them a long time to forget the fireworks,” said Paulos Ngxabi, a training specialist at the Pietermaritzburg SPCA. “Some stay like this for a week.”

He pointed to another cage with a Basenji in it. “This is a very friendly dog,” he said. “But see how it backed up when we got near it.”

Ngxabi said that over the weekend they picked up close to 20 stray dogs from areas like Northdale and Allandale, and he expected more to be brought in later.

“Owners need to make sure they lock their dogs up over Diwali and New Year,” he said. “They know there will be fireworks so they should make sure that they can’t run away.”

He said many owners pick up their dogs during the week after these celebrations.

“Owners just leave their dogs because they know they can find them here,” he said. “But some dogs get killed by cars — we saw a lot of that this year. Owners should be responsible.”

He said it is sad that people don’t take care of their dogs. “Nobody wants their dog to die.”

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