Beware of rabid dogs

2018-05-25 06:01

KHAYA MAGENU

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THE Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Kokstad has issued a warning to the community to be aware of the rabies after one confirmed case.

This comes after one of the dog’s carcass was taken to a lab where it tested positive for rabies.

SPCA inspector Chesta Mgumane said that they became wary after one of the aggressive dogs fought with another dog and bit two residents at Shayamoya Township.

Mgumane said that they managed to catch one dog and the second one is still at large.

“We are warning the people of Kokstad to be aware of this stray dog who are acting strangely,” said Mgumane.

Mgumane said that the dog is medium sized and black in colour. Mgumane said that rabies is passed on to humans from infected animals and is almost always fatal.

“Our communities must know that rabies symptoms include behavioral changes of the animal, aggressiveness and excessive salivation,” said Mgumane.
Mgumane encouraged communities of Kokstad to vaccinate their animals and not allow them to roam the streets. He advised communities to immediately consult a medical doctor or animal health technician if they are bitten by any animals. Mgumane said that the SPCA vaccinates animals at their premises on Saturdays.

They aim to vaccinate as many dogs and cats as they can against rabies.

The owner of the dog which tested positive and who asked the Fever not to mention her name, said that she noticed her dog was “not well” when it started behaving aggressively towards her children and chickens.

“My dog used to be friendly towards my young children, but last week he started behaving aggressively,” said the owner of the dog.

If anyone spots a suspected rabid dog, call 083 207 2447 or 039 727 3092/8221.

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