Scores expected at oldest township dog show

2014-05-17 00:00

THE largest ever turn-out is expected at South Africa’s oldest township dog show, the 11th Umngeni SPCA/Hill’s Township Dog Show, at Howick West Stadium tomorrow.

Hundreds of dogs, whose owners will spend the day grooming them today, will compete for top honours; pedigree is irrelevant, what counts is health, behaviour and that special bond between pet and owner.

All breeds, shapes and sizes can enter, but entry is exclusively for dogs that come from local resource-poor communities.

“We’ve been involved for over a decade and see the visible impact this dog show and the uMngeni SPCA’s other outreach work is having,” said Lynda Horne of Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

“The dogs entered … are usually in excellent condition and evidently well-cared for.”

Before entering the show ring each dog will be treated at an open air veterinary clinic (where each dog gets de-wormed, dipped and vaccinated for rabies and other diseases).

Gates open at 9 am, entrance is R5 per dog to enter the veterinary clinic and dog show. It’s free for spectators, but donations to the SPCA will be welcome. For more info visit www.umngeni­ or contact uMngeni SPCA at 033 330 4557 / 076 301 4827 or e-mail

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