Six donkeys die after wandering onto highway, causing a four-car collision

2014-11-06 00:00

SIX donkeys believed to have wandered from a rescue centre near the M13 were at the centre of a four-car collision on Saturday.

Five of the animals died on the scene, while the sixth had to be put down by a vet due to its extensive injuries.

Members of the public alerted the Kloof and Highway SPCA as well as the Coastal Horse Care Unit about the crash, which happened at about 9 pm near the Kassier Road off-ramp on the M13.

Cheri Cooke, an inspector from the Kloof and Highway SPCA, described the scene as “absolutely awful”.

“By the time we got to the scene, tow trucks had already moved the cars that were involved,” she said.

“There were dead donkeys lying all over the highway. It was absolutely disastrous and sad.”

The donkeys had come from the Out of the Blue Animal Rescue farm. Yesterday the owners said they suspect somebody was trying to steal their livestock as their fence was still intact.

“We are still trying to figure out how the animals got out as our unit is fully fenced. We suspect that someone had let them out and lead them along the M13 and over the barrier,” they said.

“It is unlike them to wonder off so far and this is an absolute tragedy.”

In a statement, the SPCA said they, together with the Coastal Horse Care Unit, on Monday met with Peter and Patti Ions from Out of the Blue.

“It was agreed at this meeting that eight horses and one donkey would be signed over by Out of the Blue Animal Rescue to the Kloof and Highway SPCA and the Coastal Horse Care Unit.

“This difficult decision was made by Peter and Patti in the best interests of the animals concerned. The horses that remain on the property will now be able to be cared for in terms of their needs being food, veterinary care, etc.”

The SPCA and Horse Care Unit will be monitoring the situation.

Yesterday they expressed their gratitude to the metro police, Wayne Tozer and Bruce Mattison from the Large Animal Pound and kind members of the public who came to help at the scene on Saturday.

SPCA manager Barbara Patrick said they were are all extremely sad about the incident, which could have been avoided “had the donkeys not escaped from their property”.

“It is an owner’s responsibility to ensure that their pets are kept on their property at all times as per the by-laws,” she said.

• Anyone interested in adopting any of the animals can contact the SPCA or the Horse Unit.


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