Snare scare: pet dogs trapped

2011-08-16 00:00

SOUTHPORT resident Mari Nel is afraid for the safety of her dogs after two of her pets were recently caught in snares.

Nel, who lives on a smallholding, said looters cut through their fences to steal avocados and bananas and to gain access to neighbouring farms. Her dogs get out through the damaged fence.

“When the dogs get lost its difficult to find them because the area is so bushy and extensive and it’s even worse at night.”

The problem comes when the dogs get trapped in snares set up for trapping buck.

Nel said the last time she asked someone to remove the snares they recovered 28 of them.

She has informed the SPCA about the issue.

“They get terribly injured and traumatised. I don't want to see my dogs hurt,” she said.

Nel said people have suggested she keeps her dogs on a leash or engage a security guard to patrol the fence.

“I think it is ridiculous to have a dog living on a farm to be restricted by a leash. I thought that having my property fenced was a safety measure for my family and pets.”

Nel is also worried that once the looters run out of avocados and bananas to steal, that they will start venturing into outbuildings and homes.

“It is very frightening and we have reported the matter to the police but they say it is petty theft, there is nothing much they can do about it.”

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