Pet poisoning on the rise - report

2012-05-04 09:53

Johannesburg - Pet poisoning, both deliberate and accidental, has increased dramatically, it was reported on Friday.

Dr Gerhard Verdoorn of the Griffon Poison Information Centre in Johannesburg told The Citizen the centre was fielding about three calls a day on animal poisoning. This used to be about 30 calls over three months.

Dogs were often poisoned deliberately with the agricultural pesticide Aldicarb, but there was also misuse of home and garden pesticides that led to accidental poisoning.

"Practically all incidents are the result of pesticides and detergents left unattended, rodenticides being applied directly within reach of dogs, or dogs treated with insecticides that are not registered for animal use," said Verdoorn.

Poisoned animals showed signs of anaemia and blood loss, including blood in the faeces, saliva or nose.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-04 09:59

    We need to erect boom gates in our streets,anyone caught between them must get sorted out,enough of crime now.

      Marion - 2012-05-04 10:08

      @Mike - Booms in every street is totally unworkable. It was pointed out that many of these poisonings are accidental. In respect of the deliberate ones I think a lot of them are due to poisoning with 'two step', an illegal rat poison (black pellets to my knowledge). The only way I can see this being reduced (not eliminated) is for all dogs to sleep indoors.

      Irené - 2012-05-04 10:38

      @ piet- you are a racist fool- you cant right a wrong with another wrong

      Stewart - 2012-05-04 10:40

      We need too make examples off these bastards.

      Schmee - 2012-05-04 10:42

      Friends of mine had their house burgled and the cctv footage shows that the burglars were 'white'. How would the dom pas have stopped them Piet? Or are you saying everyone needs to carry a dom pas?

      Gieljam - 2012-05-04 10:46

      The problem is the lack of police intelligence or don't care culture . It is well known if you can poison pets you will also murder easily.Boom gates is like drawing attention with a bill board sooner or later they will be in there as well.

      Hans - 2012-05-04 11:17

      forget about boomgates - come down on criminals

      Marion - 2012-05-04 14:47

      Interesting bit of advice via my sister. Apparently if your pet is poisoned and still alive and you want to induce vomiting spray Sunlight liquid down its throat. That will apparently induce vomiting. Not sure if it will cause any throat damage but worth a try.

  • Samantha - 2012-05-04 10:22

    sickening!- they dont understand our pets are more than guard dogs, they are like our children- I had gates installed to stop my dogs going to the outer yard so that if anyone does throw something inside, they cant get to it-

      Wimpie.Haefele - 2012-05-04 10:27

      We live like prisoners in our own homes

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  • stephenie.wells - 2012-05-04 10:31

    Time to ban two step and any such poisons. They have banned the majority of the over the counter medications so why not these poisons which lead to crime and the killing of our beloved fur children. There should be harsher sentences for the cruelty to animals.If killing animals means nothing to these dispicable people where do they draw the line at humans or if children pick up the poisoned item? What then? Ban all animals and children from your garden? Tighten the legal system!!!

      Michelle - 2012-05-04 12:16

      Aldicarb or two-step as it is commonly known as, is banned in SA but unfortunately like all illegal substances, it is brought over the borders from other African countries where it is not banned.

      lynsey.rimbault - 2012-05-04 14:35

      "Killing animals means nothing to these despicable people" Do you draw a line between killing dogs and killing other animals? How different are dogs from other domesticated animals like pigs??

  • Stewart - 2012-05-04 10:32

    If I should catch these creations I would give them their own medicine.

  • Shirley - 2012-05-04 10:36

    This so sad! People who have dogs should train them only to take food from the immediate family,as often animals are poisoned when robberies are taking place. Another shortfall is that ignorance and bad labeling is to blame. The warnings on most poisons are in such fine print that most people NEVER read the entire message!We need to create a society which values all life forms and treats their animals in a way as they themselves want to be treated. If you have value for animal life-you create a society which values human life!

  • IrenĂ© - 2012-05-04 10:36

    Should be a wake up call to everyone about the toxicity of household chemicals and insecticides- there are non toxic environmentally friendly options that are not dangerous to your pets and children- crime is one thing, but think about it, if these chemicals are killing our pets from over exposure, what do they do to us over time??

      Piet - 2012-05-04 14:26

      the truth is a biaaatch ne!

  • John - 2012-05-04 10:38

    Deliberate poisoning of dogs.. This also happened in Spain and was/is directly related to the spread of Islam as dogs are unclean. Probably not the main reason currently in SA, but watch this space.

      Schmee - 2012-05-04 10:53

      Yet the Qur'an states that it is permissible for farmers and hunters to own dogs and to eat what trained dogs have caught.

      John - 2012-05-04 11:22

      Which gives Muslims Carte Blanche on 90% of dogs(as pets) courtesy of Muhammed, which I think is the issue at hand. And note: your farm dog must be used for herding, otherwise its Aldicarb for him.

      Schmee - 2012-05-04 11:45

      John stop spewing such hatred. 90% of Muslims that I know own dogs for protection and they love their dogs. All the Muslims that I know would never dream of killing. What you are saying is no better than the racist nonsense that we were indoctrinated with during the apartheid era.

      John - 2012-05-04 11:57

      Hey, don't shoot the messenger. If you have issue with the facts take it up with the Qur'an. It's not my problem that the Muslims aren't killing the dogs as commanded by Muhammed. If you think that is hatred, and racist, then your issue is with the Qur'an. Clearly if you are a Muslim, and the Qur'an and Muhammed gives you sanction to kill dogs, then you have Carte Blanche as I have stated. Your anger is ill directed at me for stating what Muhammed has commanded. Direct it to those who commanded it.

      Schmee - 2012-05-04 12:25

      John there is nothing in the Qur'an that tells people to do this. The same way the Bible was twisted to sanction treating blacks like animals during the apartheid era. The same way some idiots may be twisting the Qur'an to sanction the killing of animals. I'm shooting the messenger because the messenger is not telling the truth.

      John - 2012-05-04 12:53

      Of course there is not, what was I thinking! Sahih al-Bukhari 3323--Narrated Abdullah bin Umar: Allah's Messenger ordered that the dogs should be killed. Sahih Muslim 55--Ibn Mughaffal reported: The Messenger of Allah ordered killing of the dogs, and then said: What about them, i. e. about other dogs? and then granted concession (to keep) the dog for hunting and the dog for (the security) of the herd, and said: When the dog licks the utensil, wash it seven times, and rub it with earth the eighth time. And just in case you are going to say that it's not in the Qur'an, well then you are just uninformed. As Allah has surely stated that Muhammed is a good example for you to follow: "Indeed in the Messenger of Allah (Muhammad) you have a good example to follow for him who hopes for (the Meeting with) Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah much." (Quran: 33/21) And the Hadith's, specifically sahih Muslim and shahih al-Bukhari are of the most authoritative resources. But please tell me its a fabricated Hadith, full of inaccuracies. And nothing here is twisted, it's straight Quran and Muhammed. Yours is a weak argument as you have failed to show how I have twisted the words of Allah or Muhammed.

      Schmee - 2012-05-04 14:11

      I could go about pointing out some real sick twisted stuff in the Bible too but I won't because I have respect for all beliefs including Christianity. You would also just not get the irony of it all because clearly you are on a mission here. In every religion you can twist the scriptures to suite your twisted needs.

      John - 2012-05-04 14:40

      Yes you probably could, but it won't change one bit of the fact that Allah and Muhammed commanded Muslims to kill all dogs not used for hunting of farming, and that was the point I made, not whether the bible or 'the origins of mankind' had some twisted ideas in them, or have been twisted to suit someone's needs. In other words, for the authorities to prevent the rise of animal killings (also dogs), Muslim beliefs and therefore Muslims are a valid point to consider.

      lynsey.rimbault - 2012-05-04 14:41

      Christianity sanctions the killing of virtually all animals (I think it's literally all). What did you have on your last braai John? Chop.

      John - 2012-05-04 15:21

      I think it was pig haha, how do you like that. So since we are taking pets being killed. I guess you are saying that Christians were told by God to kill dogs because they were unclean? No other reason, i.e. if you see a dog kill it? And I immediately see the link here. Since Christians moved into Spain there were an increase of dogs being poisoned. Really, since Christians are allowed to eat anything, you postulate that they go around killing dogs, ignoring the fact that cattle are BRED for meat. If Christians had beef with dogs, they would have bred them for their meat. And you are still allowed to have your own dog or cat or cow for a pet. No Christian will kill it because its unclean! AS I've said: 'it won't change one bit of the fact that Allah and Muhammed commanded Muslims to kill all dogs not used for hunting of farming, and that was the point I made, not whether the bible or 'the origins of mankind' had some twisted ideas in them, or have been twisted to suit someone's needs.'

      Schmee - 2012-05-04 20:48

      And the Christian god commanded that Abraham kills his son. Let's take that out of context too.

      John - 2012-05-04 23:15

      Schmee, may joy and peace be yours. And may you prosper greatly.

  • Gieljam - 2012-05-04 10:48

    All escalated since the borders were flung open to all from up north .On a program of special assignment it was stated that a lot of deadly poisons ie 2 step and the like came from outside the country and a good network is in place to supply criminals..

  • Jacqui - 2012-05-04 12:00

    Pet poisoning, female rape, murder and burglaries. Yep what a rainbow nation we turned out to be.

  • Bobo - 2012-05-04 13:00

    If these Bastards have no value for human life they will have even less for domestic pets...It`s been proven that 75% of serial killers at some piont started by brutally killing animals before they started killing humans.... I can not call them people/humans/suspects etc.They are nothing but useless junk and need to be permanently removed from cociety and executed. Tomorrows murderers/rapists/armed robbers/thieves was yesterdays pet killers.

  • Kelly - 2012-05-04 13:58

    Give me a bag of Aldicarb and I will bake cookies and start feeding them to these sick people or their children because somebody poisoned my dogs - and my dog was my child

  • lilianvandermerwe - 2012-10-03 11:31

    My Dog was 6 months old and was poisoned :( last night my dog wasn't even in the front garden for a hour and was poisoned :( he is only 2 years old. i stay in the Houghton area, we thought we are safe but we not. Some cruel man is going to get his day and die a very slow death. My dogs are family they are the babies of the family. It might just be a dog to some but it my babies. They mean just as much as a person means to me.

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