Dog clinic comes to their aid

2015-08-27 06:00
Thamsanqa Paliso, who organised for the clinic in the area, was happy after Nosincedile April, of SPCA Mobile Clinic injencted his dogs, in Gugulethu, on Monday.

Mbongiseni Maseko

Thamsanqa Paliso, who organised for the clinic in the area, was happy after Nosincedile April, of SPCA Mobile Clinic injencted his dogs, in Gugulethu, on Monday. PHOTOS: Mbongiseni Maseko

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GUGULETHU dog owners were thrown a lifeline recently the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals performed a massive disease prevention operation in the area on Monday.

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA was welcomed with open arms by a number of dog owners who came with their dogs for dipping, de-worming and vaccination, when they visited the park in NY 122, in Section 3, for the first time in as many years.

Thanks to Thamsanqa Paliso, who owns four dogs, approached Proportional Representation (PR) Councillor Constance Leputhing, of Ward 44, to organise them the clinic to come to the area.

Leputhing is a Council Health Portfolio Committee nmember.

Paliso said the clinic was a big relief to the community.

“I noticed that some dogs were sick in the area and some died before getting help. That is why I approached the councillor. We had to take our dogs to Tambo Square and the queue is always very long there.

The clinic here will make a huge difference to us. She (Leputhing) really helped us. I am very happy, because this will help the whole community.

Children get exposed to the risk of disease when a dog is sick at homes. Now our dogs will be free from Amakhalane (teaks),” Paliso said.

His two dogs were also given an injection on the day.

Khongozela Mehlo, 66, the owner of three dogs, also said the clinic will benefit the community a lot. “We are so happy, because the service is now coming to us. A certain type of dogs die within 24 hours if they do not get help when they are sick, so now they will stay healthy, because the clinic is coming to our area,” Mehlo said.

Nosincedile April, of SPCA Mobile Clinic, said dogs need primary health care to prevent disease.

“It is important for the dogs to get such care. Residents should make use of such service and this will prevent dogs from suffering from a disease called Mange (Bhula),” April said. April also said residents in disadvantaged areas only give donation for the service and that there is no specific amount asked. Leputhing said the Mobile Clinic will be open for all residents around the Section.

“The area did not have such service before, so I am happy now that it is coming to the residents. I have seen some sick dogs wondering on the streets previously. Sick dogs cause sicknesses to children. I am appealing to residents to utilise the clinic,” Leputhing said. V

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