Help SPCA stop the fight

2020-03-04 06:03
One of the dogs which had bite wounds and other medical issues that was kept chained in a property that the SPCA recently searched.PHOTO: supplied

One of the dogs which had bite wounds and other medical issues that was kept chained in a property that the SPCA recently searched.PHOTO: supplied

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FOLLOWING the plea made by the Pietermaritzburg SPCA to the public to come forward with any information relating to dog fighting activities; there has been positive information brought forward to the SPCA.

According to PMB SPCA senior inspector Roland Fivaz they received information from an informant on a person that had possible fighting dogs in their possession.

“Recently, inspectors accompanied by members of the SAPS entered a Pietermaritzburg property with a warrant to check on injured pit bulls that were kept in cruel conditions.

The dogs had bite wounds and other medical issues and were kept chained in various areas of the property,” said Fivaz, who added that it is suspected that they are being used in dog fighting as the wounds are consistent with dog fighting injuries.

The inspector emphasised that they are investigating the matter further.

Fivaz highlighted that all five dogs, four pit bulls and one bull terrier were seized and taken to the SPCA for veterinary evaluation.

“Charges will be laid for neglect, confining under such conditions as to cause unnecessary suffering and failure to render veterinary treatment,” said Fivaz.

Wikipedia defines dog fighting as a type of blood generally defined as two or more game dogs against one another in a ring or a pit for the entertainment of the spectators or the gratification of the dogfighters, who are sometimes referred to as dogmen.

It further states that dog fights usually last until one dog is declared a winner, which occurs when one dog fails to scratch, one dog dies, or one dog jumps out of the pit.

The PMB SPCA is taking a stand against this type of cruelty and are asking the public to assist them by donating to the cause.

“The ‘Stop Fight Fund’ is used for everything relating to pit bull fighting and suspected fighting.

From X rays to paying informants for information [which only happens once a case is successful in court] and of course the security of the dogs in our care.

The amount of work and costs that goes into this is pretty high,’ said Fivaz.

After the SPCA sent out the plea, members of the public have been showing interest in donating and giving out information that may help put an end to the cruelty.

If you would like to make a donation to the SPCA, banking details are as follows: Standard Bank - Account Number: 250068052- Code: 057525- Reference: “Stop Fight”.

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