The role of the SPCA

2018-11-22 06:02

Belinda Abraham says that the Cape of Good Hope SPCA investigates cruelty to animals around the clock. “We will investigate each and every complaint received, and will not hesitate to take the necessary steps within the legal system to put an end to animal cruelty.”

Sadly, she pointed out that the organisation’s vets often treat animals with gunshot wounds.

Furthermore, she said the pitbull breed poses no risk to society when the dogs have been responsibly bred by responsible owners, are well socialised and trained using only positive reinforcement training methods.

Abraham said interaction between children and dogs of any breed should always be supervised as any breed of dog can display aggression which could be triggered by any range of circumstances.

The current punishments under the Animals Protection Act of 1962 states:

(a) imprisonment, may impose a sentence of imprisonment for a period not exceeding three years, where the court is not the court of a regional division (district court), or not exceeding 15 years, where the court is the court of a regional division;

(b) by fine, may impose a fine not exceeding the amount determined by the Minister from time to time by notice in the Gazette for the respective courts referred to in paragraph (a); [this is currently R60 000 for a district court, and R300 000 for a regional court]. V Residents are urged to report any act of animal cruelty to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA by calling 021 700 4158/9 during office hours or 083 326 1604 after hours.

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