SPCA kennels full after ‘fireworks season’ bangs

2016-11-08 06:00
Mike Kirk with his female Boerbul, Clio, who were reunited last week at the Kloof and Highway SPCA. Photo: supplied

Mike Kirk with his female Boerbul, Clio, who were reunited last week at the Kloof and Highway SPCA. Photo: supplied

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THE Kloof and Highway SPCA are appealing to pet owners whose animals have gone missing due to the fireworks over the Diwali and Guy Fawks weekends to visit the SPCA as soon as possible and check for their animals in the kennels.

In total 43 stray animals came in to the Kloof and Highway SPCA over the weekend, of those animals, 32 were dogs, 10 were cats and 1 stray duck. 11 of these animals have been owner claimed and happily re-united with their families and only one of the dogs had a microchip.

Over 20 lost reports have been made by concerned owners whose animals have gone missing over the weekend due to fireworks.

The Kloof and Highway SPCA Inspectors were on standby this weekend and the emergency phone received over 50 calls regarding stray animals.

Lisa Mörck of the SPCA said: “We are very sad to report that three animals were hit by cars, two of which are unfortunately dead. The third dog’s owner was located and the dog was rushed to a vet.

“We appeal to those using fireworks to be mindful of animals – not forgetting wild life, their neighbours and community members who may also suffer and to abide by the laws and regulations pertaining to the use of fireworks.

“The Animals Protection Act clearly states that ‘it is illegal for any person to terrify any animal’. Any deliberate act of frightening or harming animals involving the use of fireworks may lead to prosecution under the Animals Protection Act, 71 of 1962,” she added.

Stray and lost animals can be brought through to the Kloof and Highway SPCA Standby kennels 24 hours a day.

For injured animals or emergencies please call 031-7641212/3 office hours or 073 335 9322 after hours.

- Supplied.

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