Forum seeks probe into Khayelitsha animal clinic

2015-07-03 18:31

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Cape Town - The Cape Animal Welfare Forum has requested an urgent facility inspection by the South African Veterinary Council at Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha to ensure compliance with minimum standards.

This was after Mdzananda director Felipe Perdomo told News24 a number of pets had died of the cold at the welfare organisation and operations sometimes took place while the team held torches in their mouths to provide light.

In a statement, Cape Animal Welfare Forum chairperson Allan Perrins said he had asked for Mdzananda’s suspension from the forum pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

The forum had also called on the veterinary council to investigate.

“If the situation has deteriorated to the extent described by its director, we are compelled to open a cruelty docket with the police,” he said.

“Somebody is going to have to accept full accountability for these alleged serious deviations from prescribed standards and explain why the proverbial lights cannot be kept on.”

The clinic operates from six recycled shipping containers and treats up to 1 000 sick animals monthly through consultations, hospitalisation, surgery and mobile clinics. 

The organisation launched a winter appeal to raise funds to pay for the thermal insulation of the operating theatre, bubble wrap for the windows, polar fleece blankets, hot water bottles and e-heater panels.

Perrins said a comprehensive forensic audit into the organisation's financial state may also be necessary.

“They are members of the forum and could and should have requested help.  It would have been forthcoming.”

Perdomo said Mdzananda was not immediately able to comment and would issue a statement at a later stage.

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