Kloof and Highway SPCA Guy Fawkes and Diwali statsistics

2018-11-20 06:01
Brigitte Rossouw of the Kloof and Highway SPCA with a stray dog that was brought in on November 6.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Brigitte Rossouw of the Kloof and Highway SPCA with a stray dog that was brought in on November 6.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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THE Kloof and Highway SPCA was open on Tuesday and Wednesday evening last week and the staff worked non-stop over the fireworks period, running between Monday, November 5 and Wednesday, November 7, to ensure the safety of all animals, including the animals in their care. Over the three nights, 10 dogs, one Hadeda and one dog that was killed in a motor vehicle accident were brought into the Kloof and Highway SPCA for safekeeping. Only four of the dogs have been reunited with their elated owners so far, six are still waiting in the stray kennels to be owner claimed.

On the evening of November 7 at approximately 10pm, on duty trainee inspector Israel Silevu received a call from a frantic owner requesting assistance with freeing her one-year-old Jack Russell Terrier Cross, named Jessy, from her vehicle engine.

“Unbeknown to her, her petrified dog, traumatised by the loud and continuous fireworks being set off in the area, had crawled up into her vehicle’s engine where her car was parked at her home in Malvern. Jessy was only discovered after her owner had travelled to Reservoir Hills and heard noises emanating from her vehicle’s engine when she stopped her car.

“The rescue operation took Inspector Silevu almost two hours as he had to ensure that Jessy was freed with as little distress and as humanely as possible. Jessy was elated to be reunited with her grateful owner. Although Jessy had no visible injuries, Inspector Silevu requested that the owner take her to a veterinarian for a full examination,” said Brigitte Rossouw of the Kloof and Highway SPCA.

Rossouw said that the loud bangs and noises from fireworks have a devastating effect on animals, causing horrific injuries and claiming numerous lives of petrified and traumatised pets every year. “This is the main reason why the SPCA advises pet owners to rather stay home with their animals and keep them inside on nights where fireworks may be fired. Never allow a family member or friend to set off any fireworks close to where pets or any other animals are being kept.

“We are appealing to any person that is missing a pet to go to their nearest SPCA and follow the necessary steps to ensure you are quickly reunited. Please would pet owners ensure that their pets have a form of identification to help their rescuers to reunite them with their owners.

“The Kloof and Highway SPCA would like to thank all members of the public, neighbourhood patrols, amazing volunteers and any members of the public who may have stopped to assist any animal in distress,” she added.

For any possible animals in distress, animal welfare concerns and complaints, contact the Kloof & Highway SPCA Inspectorate during office hours at 031 764 1212, e-mail
controller@kloofspca.co.za or for after-hours emergencies 073 335 9322.

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