Warning about buying roadside dogs

2016-01-26 06:00
Dogs sold on roadside. Photo: supplied

Dogs sold on roadside. Photo: supplied

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THE Kloof & Highway SPCA continuously receives calls from the public regarding the selling of puppies at shopping centres.
Contrary to popular belief, the selling of animals is unfortunately not illegal in terms of the Animal Protection Act, 71 of 1962, said Lisa Gadd SPCA outreach officer.

Selling at certain places may be illegal without a hawker’s licence, but this is a contravention of the eThekweni by-laws and is governed by the Metro Police.
“SPCA inspectors cannot confiscate animals without a court order. In order to obtain a warrant from a magistrate, one has to prove an offence in terms of the Animals Protection Act,” she said.

• Sellers operating around the mall area scatter as soon as an SPCA vehicle is seen and have even thrown puppies into the bush before running away.
• The public is urged not to buy puppies from these people. This creates a supply and demand scenario whereby sellers are encouraged to continue to use their animals as “money makers”.
• Puppies that are bought without certified vaccination records may be diseased. Taking these puppies to your home puts your animals at risk of contracting one of the killer diseases we see so often in young puppies.
• Instead of buying puppies, try to get the address of where the puppies come from by showing interest and requesting a meeting at a certain time.
• Help the Kloof & Highway SPCA in the fight against live animal trading by not buying animals on the street, online or at pet shops. Take a stand and be a part of the solution - adopt an animal from any SPCA.
Report any cruelty, negligence or animal welfare concerns to the Kloof & Highway SPCA Inspectorate on
031 764 1212 or 073 335 9322 after-hours for emergencies or email controller@kloofspca.co.za.

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