SPCA rescues mistreated dogs from New Hanover

2009-02-11 00:00

A New Hanover dog owner is to be prosecuted in terms of the Animal Protection Act after SPCA inspectors on Monday removed two dogs which had been badly mistreated.

The dog owner was previously banned from keeping dogs after an animal was taken away from him last year and had to be put down because it was in such a poor condition.

Pietermaritzburg SPCA spokeswoman Maureen Vida said yesterday that the SPCA responded to a complaint about the two dogs and gained access to the property with the help of the police as the owner was not in.

“Senior Inspector Jeanette Salzwedel and trainee inspector Robert Deere found an adult boerbull and an adult black cross-breed chained up in the sweltering heat, with no access to water and living in filthy conditions,” said Vida.

She said the inspectors found that an attempt had been made to dock the dogs’ tails by tying elastic bands to the base of each tail at least a week ago. “The dogs were confiscated and taken to the SPCA, where part of their tails had to be amputated,” said Vida.

As of June 1, 2008, the South African Veterinary Council has ruled that it will no longer condone routine tail docking.

Speaking after their surgery yesterday, Vida said the dogs’ prognosis for a full recovery is good.

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