Cross-border dog smugglers busted

2011-11-24 15:34

Johannesburg - Cross-border dog traders were busted at the Vioolsdrift border post in the Northern Cape, the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) said on Thursday.

About 24 large breed puppies, including Rottweilers, Alsatians, pitbulls, were confiscated from Angolan nationals who were transporting them, spokesperson Wendy Wilson said.

It is suspected that the dogs would have been used for dog fighting in Angola. Some of them were being sold at R84 000 each.

The police and members of the SA Revenue Service took part in the bust.

Wilson said close monitoring at the OR Tambo International airport might have prompted smugglers of live animals to seek alternative routes.

The NSPCA had presented a workshop in Bloemfontein to raise awareness in relation to the animals' welfare and documentation issues at all ports of entry.

Northern Cape police confirmed that two Angolan nationals were arrested in connection with the bust.

Sergeant Andrea Cloete said they were expected to appear in the Springbok Magistrate's Court soon to face charges of smuggling.

  • Michelle - 2011-11-24 15:39

    Don't arrest them. Give these "human-wastes" to people like me who love animals. I do believe in peoples' justice. Bloody idiots

      peter.erasmus - 2011-11-24 16:05

      We already have problems with how our TAX money is been spent. Dubi is too far to send them; you can come fetch them.

      Narike - 2011-11-24 16:23

      Make dog food out of these animal traffickers

  • procold2 - 2011-11-24 15:40

    glad they caught these guys and i hope the investigation doesnt stop there ,need to catch the suppliers and dish out some stiff sentences, hope the dogs go to good homes

  • Joseph - 2011-11-24 15:41

    well done SAPS,lock them up &throw away the keys ,

  • NatZach2011 - 2011-11-24 15:42

    Feed those mothers to the dogs!!!!

  • Alva - 2011-11-24 15:43

    Well done SAPS! Hate to think what is happening to animals in Angola!

  • dretter - 2011-11-24 15:45

    what will happen to the dogs, I wonder?

      Theresa - 2011-11-24 15:48

      They are all puppies so hopefully they will go to good homes...

      dretter - 2011-11-24 15:54

      Hope so. Poor little things.

  • Go - 2011-11-24 15:46

    find out who they purchased the dogs from and arrest them also

      O.J. - 2011-11-24 16:17

      Stolen.... Big problem....

  • Paul - 2011-11-24 15:46

    hang the rubbish

  • peter.erasmus - 2011-11-24 15:47

    well done but this cant be right? "Some of them were being sold at R84 000 each."

      O.J. - 2011-11-24 16:18

      I have heard of pitbulls being sold for R250 000. Herein lies the problem. These f@ckers are making big buck fighting he dogs.

  • Chimene - 2011-11-24 15:47

    84 000 each,I'll do it too

      Ian - 2011-11-24 15:55

      You actually look a pitbull Chimene.

      peter.erasmus - 2011-11-24 15:56


      gail.longano - 2011-11-24 16:07

      I agree with the comment about you by Ian!!! Why don't you go and fight yourself? Idiot.

      Elize - 2011-11-25 17:53

      Chimene, I dare you to travel yourself in a closed trailer without food & water through Northern Cape & Namibia in summer. I am living in this region,am going to contact the Spca right now!

      sandi.will.9 - 2012-08-23 09:38

      You are a TWIT!

  • Ian - 2011-11-24 15:53

    What is this world coming to?

  • Mart - 2011-11-24 15:54

    Well done to the SAPS. It is also past due time that 'puppy mills' be legislated against. This will go a long way to alleviating the over supply of animals needing homes. Breeders should be registered and policed. Permit requirements must be applied for domestic breeding with stiff penalties imposed for accidental pregnancies. This is not too far off what us humans might ultimately need to happen if we are to survive as a nation.

  • Bigwolf - 2011-11-24 15:57

    Job well done guys now lets work together and do some more.

  • Wimpie - 2011-11-24 16:01

    shoot to kill.

  • gail.longano - 2011-11-24 16:04

    Would love to put the two "humans" doing this to the animals, in a pit and force them to fight to the death. Ooooooh, what fun. Bastards.

  • Cindy - 2011-11-24 16:13

    So glad finally stories like this makes it on the news, all animals need our support and us to be there voice. I hope this is one of many stories still to come as there is alot of cruelty out there towards animals whereby the media, government just looks away

  • RockChick - 2011-11-24 16:27

    I own a pitbull, have had him since he was 7 weeks old. He is the most loving creature on this planet, except if anyone tries to harm his "family" My 20 month old baby pulls his ears (playing), sits on him like he is a horse, but he has never growled at her. Pitbulls are the most loving creatures if you raise them in a proper way. These people that let them fight are giving them a bad reputation. I will never have any other dog

      Heiku - 2011-11-24 16:40

      Heiku - 2011-11-24 16:42 (30 - 40% by pitbulls)

      Shannon - 2011-11-24 16:56

      @RockChick, having worked for animal welfare organisations for years I am in full agreement. As with ANY dog it is how they are brought up and what they are exposed to from a young age and not just the breed. Pitbulls are highly intelligent and active and need stimulation and are not BORN aggressive. No animal is. @Heiku.. not much intelligence in posting articles on people that have been attacked by dogs when you have no facts or history on how the dogs were brought up. My best friend was attacked by a maltese poodle when we were kids for just walking past the house. A MALTESE POODLE!!! Are we going to condemn all poodles to death now??? I think not. I say condemn the people who have no idea how to treat and care for a dog. Use it .. don't use it.

      Heiku - 2011-11-24 16:59

      Shannon: The Wikipedia link is a list of all fatal dog attacks reported in the US. 30 - 40% of those are by pitbulls. I think that says something.

      Heiku - 2011-11-24 17:00

      I'll admit the articles are just fear mongering. For a good cause though.

  • mikeangell61 - 2011-11-24 19:45

    R84000 each????Bloody Agents.Swing the BA####DS!!

  • Martin - 2011-11-28 15:47

    instead of arresting them, put them in a pitt with all those dogs... wonder what is going to happen to the dogs

  • marchell.vermaak - 2012-08-21 14:14

    we were fighting tooth and nail for 2 days straight for dogs we found here ! dogs on Angola border stolen dogs going for dog fighting !! but the police let them go !!! my heart is broken ! the dogs are into Angola !!

  • yolandelouise.fourie - 2012-08-21 15:09

    two more bakkie loads of dogs apprehended-a total of 48 dogs being transported in the most inhumane manner over 2000km's accross Namibia..... Angola border control let the one vehicle trhough transporting 38 of the dogs.............a few hours ago!!!!!!!!!!! currently we are fighting for the other 10 animals already in angola!!!!!!!!!!!!!! we are strugling with red tape and officials who turn a blind eye willingly..... the 10 dogs are so near but yet so far!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • yolandelouise.fourie - 2012-08-21 15:11

    We are calling on all animal activists to please start the tsunami from South Africa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! War is on !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • janine.taylor.338 - 2012-08-21 16:42

    amibia Animal Awareness Hi to everybody! We urgently need your help! A truck with 10 stolen dogs has been stopped yesterday in Ondangwa in northern Namibia - with 10 stolen dogs! (Rotweiler, Huskys etc). Another car was stopped today with another 38 dogs! The guys... belonged to the same group! We only have pictures of the first 10 dogs and we are urgently looking for the owners. If we can not find owners of the dogs, no case will be made and the police will let go the guys. Please have a look at the pictures and please help us to find the owners. We don't have much time!! If any dog looks like your dog please do contact Chief Inspector Kamite at + 264 81 643 8742! Please share this information!!! Many thanks, Petra / Namibia Animal Awareness PS you can find more pictures on:

      rentia.dennis - 2012-08-23 14:19

      hallo Janine I could not open the page you referred to. my two huskey's were stolen late last year, I would love to find them. pleaz help me to open the page

  • roche.brandy - 2012-09-05 16:34

    To steal dogs is the same than to steal children! Hang'em high!

  • Tim Trombas - 2013-09-16 11:37

    they were busted for smuggling. Nothing else. They will be fined and next time they will just export them correctly.

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