Pet owner upset with animal shelter

2015-11-19 06:00
PHOTO: supplied The dog after it had been shaved.

PHOTO: supplied The dog after it had been shaved.

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A PET owner from Sea Park says he is unhappy with the way the Uvongo SPCA treated his Maltese poodle on Wednesday.

Sylvester Willard said the eight-month-old dog escaped from his property and was taken in by the SPCA.

“When I got home and saw that Levi was missing, I called the SPCA who said they have him. They told me they had to trim his hair because she was very dirty,” said Willard.

To his horror, when Willard arrived at the shelter, he saw that Levi’s fur had actually been shaved and not trimmed.

“Whoever is responsible for this did a bad job. In some places you can actually see his flesh and his paws were blue from a nail trimming. He was also very shaken up,” he said.

When he questioned who authorised that his pet be shaved, he was told that the Levi was dirty.

“If he was dirty, a bath would have sufficed. I had to pay for the shave, which I didn’t request.”

“Levi was shaken up by the ordeal and I am most unhappy with the SPCA.”

Michael Muller, SPCA manager, said he firstly had to commend the good Samaritan who brought in the animal before it was run over or injured.

“Most of the owners who claim their beloved animals are firstly, grateful that their animal is safe and sound, and secondly, that minor issues such as the occasional shave we have to do is the last thing on their mind,” said Muller.

He said the dog had either “rolled or taken a swim in dirt and the only option was a shave.

“We always have the animals best interest at heart, and if that means giving it a clip, then yes we will do it not only for the animal itself, but also to minimise the risk of contamination to the other animals in the kennels,” he said.

Nearly every animal that the SPCA picks up as a stray is “shaken up” by the ordeal and not by the he said.

“First getting lost, maybe having narrowly escaped being hit by cars or attacked by other dogs, then strange people taking you to a place that you don’t know, that has many smells and then putting you in a kennel you are not used to would traumatise any animal,” he added.

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