FROM PAGE 1 SPCA issues warning

2015-07-28 15:41
nspector Cassi MacDonald with the snare.supplied

nspector Cassi MacDonald with the snare.supplied

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and#034;The four searched in the thick bush for hours until they reached a particularly dense section where they located the crying to be coming from. The inspectors had to force their way through and crawl at times on their hands and knees through the bush,and#034; said SPCA PR and Outreach officer, Lisa Gadd.

and#034;They came across a number of snares in this part of the bush. Sadly two dogs had already fallen victim to these treacherous contraptions and their remains lay entangled in the wire snare in the foliage. The one dog’s body was already decaying and had obviously been there for some time. The other dog had died very recently.and#034;

Gadd said the dismayed inspectors continued to push their way through the bush, determined to find the crying dog. and#034;Finally they came across a white-and-tan Africanis that had his foot caught in a snare.

“The inspectors quickly cut the dog free from the contraption and gave the dog water. It is unknown how long it had been caught there for. The dog sustained an injury to its front left paw and was brought back to the Kloof and Highway SPCA to be seen to by the vet.

and#034;He was been given food, water and a warm place to rest at the Kloof and Highway SPCA kennels. If no one comes forward to claim the dog it will be put up for adoption next week.and#034; Snares are anchored cables or wire nooses set to catch animals said Gadd.

and#034;Snares are one of the simplest traps to make, cheap to produce and easy to set in large numbers and they are a huge problem in many areas because of this. A snare traps an animal around the neck or the body and gradually tightens around the animal the more it tries to struggle and get free, which ultimately results in a long and painful death for the animal.and#034;

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