SPCA embarks on sterilisation drive

2011-02-28 00:00

CONCERNS around the formation of packs of marauding feral dogs in the Dusi Valley have resulted in the sterilisation of 136 pet animals by the SPCA there last week, with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Spokesperson for the local SPCA, Maureen Vida, said in conjunction with International Spay Day on February 22, the Pietermaritzburg and the Kloof and Highway SPCAs, and the Coastal Horse Care Unit conducted a clinic last Tuesday and Wednesday, focusing on the sterilisation of domestic animals, rabies control and primary health care of pets and horses, in a remote area of the Dusi valley.

Vida said the clinic was arranged by Daniel Stewart, (primary animal health care co-ordinator for the Rabies Elimination Project in KZN) and made possible by funding from the Gates Foundation through the World Health Organisation as part of their campaign to address rabies in sub-Saharan Africa.

“Overpopulation through uncontrolled breeding of dogs in rural areas has become a major problem …

“Packs of homeless, marauding feral dogs have become a threat to communies, targeting livestock and wildlife in their search of food,” said Vida.

“Sterilisation and disease control is the only humane way to ensure that the situation remains under control.”

Any companies that, through their social responsibility programmes, would like to sponsor similar projects to uplift their local rural community, can contact either the city SPCA at 033 386 9267 or Kloof and Highway SPCA at 031 764 1212. — Supplied.

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