Dogs rescued at Cape Town airport

2012-10-30 11:47

Cape Town - Thirteen dogs illegally being taken to Angola were rescued by police at the Cape Town International Airport, according to a report on Tuesday.

The Cape Times reported that two men from Angola were arrested in a sting operation on Monday, and faced charges of theft.

Their export documents were incomplete and their passports were false.

Captain Frederick van Wyk said eight dogs were found in the cargo section at the airport and five dogs in the baggage hall. They were found in small crates and luggage bags.

Global animal welfare consultant Mariette Hopley said the confiscated dogs were being kept at a safe house and would be handed over to an animal welfare organisation before attempts were made to find their owners.

Hopley told the newspaper that 80 dogs had been rescued from a dog smuggling syndicate since August.

The dogs were mainly Alsatians, Rottweilers, German Shepherds and Boerboels.

The puppies were apparently being sold for about R10 000 each and the adult dogs for R25 000 each in Namibia, Angola and Zimbabwe.

  • Simphiwe Spijo Nxumalo - 2012-10-30 11:58

    what the hell are these people doing with dogs in these countries for them to cost so much money and for these guys to smuggle them

      kelly.dini - 2012-10-30 12:07

      That's what I would like to know too! I thought these countries were way off worse than us-how do they afford those prices? Here in S.A, R2500 is considered expensive for a dog.

      bibi.vanzyl - 2012-10-30 12:10

      Dog fighting purposes, I've heard.

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-10-30 12:13

      Why? Why? Why???

      natasha.wentink - 2012-10-30 12:29

      Lots of money in dog fighting unfortunately... :(

      gstatu - 2012-10-30 12:51

      Metropolitan Angolans have way more money than you and I buddy, Rand for Rand. research it. It's scary.

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-10-30 11:59

    how did they get in the country with false passports? we hear of people getting out of S.A with drugs and get caught in other countries how they get out without been caught here beats me. Mzantsi fore sure.

  • John - 2012-10-30 12:07

    They face charges of theft". What about the trauma they caused these poor animals. This country has become so obsessed with human rights that the the right to life for any other living thing is completely forgotten. These dogs are not commodities to be traded but living creatures. Lock them up to rot!!

      keighleyann.bell - 2012-10-30 12:15

      OMG thank you...there is someone else out there who shares my sentiments...thought I was the only unselfish person left! Sadly, in a country where human rights are completely disregarded, there is very little hope for our four-legged friends...but every person can make a difference, we just need to act more!

      godesha - 2012-10-30 13:15

      John, not even humans have human rights in this country anymore, only the criminals have human rights. But yes, I fully agree with you, animals too have rights.

      marc.hugo.75 - 2012-10-30 13:39

      Fully agreed John and Keighley. When the nation's practically official obsession with 'human this' and 'human that' becomes continuous, absolute and tirelessly consuming, then everything else comes a very low second. Human kind has gradually become a self-serving disgrace.

  • dragonfire47 - 2012-10-30 12:24

    Hang the filth, the trauma those dogs must have gone through and now the tax payer must keep that rubbish fed BS

  • george.michaelides.71 - 2012-10-30 12:25

    F@RKERS....wish i could get them in a ring....

  • Andrea - 2012-10-30 12:32

    If sh*t was worth something, these bloody illegals would sell that too!

      melinda.botha.75 - 2012-11-01 14:52

      they can anytime sell my sh*t BUT LEAVE OUR PETS ALONE !!! Dammit

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-30 12:40

    you touch my dogs, even if they have your dna on record their won't be enough left of you to identify you by..

      melinda.botha.75 - 2012-11-01 14:53

      I agree

  • zelda.dickson - 2012-10-30 12:41

    Throw them in jail and torture them until all names of smugglers are know. When complete feed them to the sharks.

  • marilyn.roberts.3194 - 2012-10-30 12:46

    Put the sods into a pen with fighting dogs and let the dogs rip them apart!

  • jessica.kruger.3785 - 2012-10-30 12:48

    And at the bottom of this story junk mail have an advert for puppies for sale??? Freaking idiots!

  • gstatu - 2012-10-30 12:50

    No Man!! they are getting used to this. It's not the first time this year.

  • dorotheadoshdot.arthur - 2012-10-30 12:54

    Why, why? Is there no flipping end to man's greed? And how the hell do people get into the country on false passports? Inside job? But well done to the police who got them!

  • mlungisi.mlangeni.5 - 2012-10-30 14:32

    I think someone lied to us, they are a delicious dish to some tribes. read this

  • amanda.matthews.14811 - 2012-10-30 15:04

    I normally avoid reading tragic stories about animals, but WHY is this syndicate still operating - I thought that the syndicate was nailed the last time all those dogs were confiscated at the Angolan Border. They had been stolen in South Africa and were on their way to be used in dog fights hence the term that was used "Dogs of War". I cannot believe that these so and so's are still at it and are actually trying to smuggle these dogs out in suitcases and at Cape Town airport nog al. False documents etc etc I am so sick and tired of hearing these stories of these Foreigners who are slipping in and out of the Country illegally and getting away with it. I am so angry I cannot type any more.

  • bongohead.sipho - 2012-10-30 15:10

    Hang the smugglars - they are liars and darkie criminals.

  • melinda.botha.75 - 2012-11-01 14:49

    Only in SA eish

      Themba Thwala - 2013-03-03 09:03

      It looks like your psychic powers are not so accurate after all. Source: Pet theft remains a terrible reality across the country. Often underlying these crimes are dogfighters seeking “bait” animals (as well as fighting and breeding victims), and dealers (aka “bunchers”) acquiring animals to sell to research laboratories or breeding operations. While stealth is the more usual approach, more brazen ruses are not unheard of, as in the recent case of three men posing as animal control officers in order to steal dogs from yards without arousing suspicion. Less organized motivations include kidnap/ransom attempts, animal hoarding, “revenge” by disgruntled neighbors, and spontaneous juvenile violence. Animal theft is a crime. While a few states may specifically address the theft of animals (see for example, Michigan, New York, and North Carolina), it is a state’s general theft/larceny laws that are most often relevant to these crimes. A federal legislative effort to address Class B dealers selling stolen animals to research laboratories perseveres via the Pet Safety and Protection Act of 2011 / H.R. 2256.

      Themba Thwala - 2013-03-03 09:07

      Eish, even in Australia too ... Spike in dog thefts Posted Thu Jan 5, 2012 9:57am AEDT Map data ©2013 GBRMPA, Google - Terms of Use Map MAP: Scone 2337 Upper Hunter dog owners are being urged to lock up their pets, after a number of dog thefts across the region. On Tuesday night, a six month old Bullmastiff was stolen from a backyard in Scott Street, Scone. The owners say the dog, worth $1,000, was taken between 5:30-6:00pm (AEDT). Sue Barker from the animal shelter, Dog Rescue says it does not take long for a dog to be stolen. "I can't emphasise enough, the importance of having any animal kept in a secure area," she said. "Padlocked gate, high fence, you know even down to security cameras if needed but certainly these people that don't have their gates locked they're just asking for trouble." Ms Barker says it is always the same breeds that seem to be targeted. "The staffies, the bull Arabs, the mastiffs," she said. "We've also had sighted incidents where dogs have been found mutilated and injured and dogs that have actually been able to find their way home but have been so badly injured they've had to be put to sleep."

      Themba Thwala - 2013-03-03 09:22

      In China too you stupid person. I just have to rub it in your brainlessness: Beijing - The head of an animal rescue centre in China says volunteers have rescued at least 900 dogs that were being transported in a truck.

  • mart.botha - 2012-11-01 16:40

    I appeal to all South Africans, demand that this country get tougher on crime and criminals. This story is about dogs who are probably loved and missed by their owners, but don't kid yourself, children are being stolen and whisked out the country every single day. Asian crime syndicates abound and proliferate in a climate of chaos. Chinese communities abound in huge numbers in Angola, Zimbabwe and Namibia, and I would venture that these dogs were destined for one of these mutant's dinner tables. And ask the question how many Chinese citizens have magically and in large numbers been granted permanent resident status by Home Affairs right here in SA.

  • ageu.dacosta - 2012-11-02 08:43

    people sale dogs in saa end people buy them,the have the right to take them wherever the go! its been going for more than 400year. its only bad if you steal them. otherwise dogs its a good bussines in angola just like in saa, and the all world. be wise!!!!

  • sundika - 2012-11-07 21:34

    Sadly My Adult Rottweiler had fallen victim of these ruthless people, after a frantic search, love and support from many, we were able to find our precious pet but unfortunately he was badly injured. This is disgusting behaviour and totally inhuman!!!! they deserve the worst possible painful punishment-karma is a bit*h and they will pay for harming all our innocent four legged friends!!

  • stephanie.sutherland41 - 2013-03-03 08:51

    I must catch an A-hole steal a dog of mine, God help him because when i am done with him no else will be able to do anything for him. I hate cruelty and i hate dog fighting. I would set those dogs on their owners and let them rip those bastards to pieces. That is nothing less than they deserve.

  • Elsa Henning - 2013-03-03 20:59

    I am so glad to see there are people on here getting angry about dogs being stolen and so thankful they got caught. Most people think dogs are stolen just for fighting, Dogs are being smuggled out for 3 main reasons, fighting, eating and fur. Dogs are being skinned alive for their fur especially huskies and not 100% dead when they are sold at food markets, the problem is bigger than people are aware of. Please never buy toys at a china mall that claims to be fake fur it might probably be dog or cat hair. Take a look at these two links note it is not for the faint heart. I hope these people pay for this one day if law cannot enforce it. People should be educated about what is really going on, the problem is much bigger than most South Africans are aware of, the world is full of people with no compassion and get pleasure from torturing animals for money. Luckily these dogs don't have to fight(as taken their breed they are likely to have been stolen to fight) to survive, bless the people who caught them.

      Richard Linton - 2013-05-28 18:12

      Not a reply but a comment. Did you see that some creature has pressed the dislike key to many of the posts? Sick trash.

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