SPCA: Implement animal by-laws now

2011-07-01 14:29

Cape Town - The Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) SPCA is calling on government to finalise an animal by-law to enforce a rule on the maximum number of dogs per household.

This comes after an attack on a 3-year-old boy in the Sweet Home Farm informal settlement in Cape Town on Tuesday, who was mauled to death by a pack of dogs.

Numerous residents in the area, who no longer want dogs in the community, have reportedly surrendered their dogs to the SPCA after the incident, too scared that it might happen again.

“Human welfare and animal welfare are inextricably linked and it’s time for government to allocate adequate resources to the SPCA and other responsible animal welfare groups and enable them to expand their mobile clinic and sterilisation campaigns.

“We also need the City of Cape Town to finalise the animal by-law and enforce the maximum number of dogs per household rule,” said the Cape of Good Hope SPCA CEO Allan Perrins, adding that the SPCA proposed a maximum number of two dogs per household in the city.

“The City of Cape Town must come to the party. They have limitless resources when it comes to charity and we believe they should invest some in animal welfare,” he said.

Perrins believes that sterilisation and the animal by-law, together with proper supervision by dog owners, will aid in preventing incidents like these from occurring again.

“It is a well-known and well-documented fact that sterilisation calms animals down and reduces the risk of them going stray when they are on heat.”

Countless acts of animal cruelty have reportedly taken place since the incident.

The SPCA said that two dogs have been stoned and beaten to death, after it was believed that they were involved in the attack on the toddler.

Since the incident, the SPCA together with the Animal Rescue Organisation (ARO) and Animal Welfare Philippi, have removed a total of 128 dogs from Sweet Home Farm.

  • Flee - 2011-07-01 14:57

    NOT ONLY A LIMIT ON HOW MANY DOGS! BUT ALL PROPERTIES MUST BE CHECKED AND APPROVED AS SUITABLE TO HOUSE AN ANIMAL. Tying a dog with wire to the door of your shack does not constitute suitable living conditions... And a garden the size of your car is not suitable for an animal... People's salaries also need to be checked... Can you afford a pet, its vets bills, food, toys and housing?? IF Not stick to the shebeens and stop buying pets that will only suffer because of your ignorance....

      Thor - 2011-07-01 16:04

      We need a limit to the number of children per household. Never mind pets

      Flee - 2011-07-01 16:16

      Agree to that too Thor... Why Bread when you cant even feed yourself... Stupid mentality...

      Flee - 2011-07-01 16:52

      Sorry Mean Breed, not bread...

  • Pickle - 2011-07-01 15:03

    First and foremost... a township is NO PLACE FOR A PET! Secondly, ok i don't have dogs but i do have 6 cats (and they are pets too!). each and every one of them i rescued from the street. 2 of them were abused little kittens that were on the brink of dying. I pay for their vet bills, i pay for their food, I give them unconditional love and a warm happy home. Are they (spca) going to come take my cats away and put them down purely because some guy in a township abused his dogs, left them starving and they ended up killing a child? I think NOT!

      Thor - 2011-07-01 16:02

      No more than 2 cats or dogs I think you need to pick 2. The other 6 should go.

      Pickle - 2011-07-01 16:26

      Thor learn to do your maths first before attempting to make stupid comments like that...

      teresa scott - 2011-07-01 18:10

      Cats may be smaller and easier to care for but how many birds or native rodents or bats do your cats catch in a month? I agree with thor in that two cats is more than enough. and please dont talk about how well your cats are fed, that doesnt stop them hunting.

      Pickle - 2011-07-01 20:54

      So you are comparing my cats maybe killing a few birds to a pack of abused, starved dogs that ended up killing a child? wow... -_- I saved my cats from a cold, miserable and hungry cold life in the street. that's what counts. if that's what makes me a bad person then this society is seriously f@%^% up. Any animal deserves love and respect.My cats also never leave our property. they are too scared too. so if a bird is going to land in their territory than he sure is going to be lunch.

      MomKatPat - 2011-07-01 23:27

      Pickle ... I pray for you and any other responsible pet owner who, I hope, does not have to suffer for others. I hope you and your kitties are safe. ~Trish

      lean - 2011-07-02 11:42

      I have 5 big mean dogs and they are protecting my children, my family, and my property, who else will, SPCA - I think NOT?

      Bigboet - 2011-07-13 10:17

      I have a pitbull and most people think that is a vicious dog but i can tell you, if you keep your dog fed, take it for walks and let it do its own thing then they pretty calm and relaxed.

  • Realistiqly - 2011-07-01 15:07

    Ag for vark steaks man!! Everyone is missing the key clue here. These are not dogs that were kept in yards, these were squattercamp dogs that probably had no frigging owners in the first place! Why impose stupid laws on responsible educated pet owners? A dog is still a wild animal, and once more than 3 dogs are together it forms a pack, and has pack mentality. Squattercamp dogs are not fed and loved they "hunt". I feel sorry for the toddler's family, but these communities also needs education on animals, and animal behaviour. (not the family of the little person) but the so called "owners" of these dogs.

      Foreigner - 2011-07-02 08:51

      Yes, for all we know the dog has been trained to be aggressive (by being abused is the easiest way), and the owners must be given up for man (or worse, child) slaughter. But now, let see.... who suddenly is the owner of this dog? I agree eternally with you, and say: a proper fenced in yard = yes, no yard, free roaming dogs? Assume they are feral and put them down!

      Bigboet - 2011-07-13 10:06

      A dog don't have to be beaten up or abused to look for food and prey that is weak, its just natural instinct and the more they are kept away from food the more desperate they become.

  • Gorilla - 2011-07-01 15:12

    "The Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) SPCA is calling on government to finalise an animal by-law to enforce a rule on the maximum number of dogs per household" This is once again an example of the SPCA getting the wrong end of the stick wholesomely. The toddler who was tragically killed by dogs in the township was mauled by a pack of dogs that were wandering uncontrolled and more than likely feral. Now the SPCA want to enforce numbers in a situation where people keep pets in a suburban environment in completely different circumstances??? No man, really. I appreciate most of what the SPCA is about but this is senseless. Rather spend your efforts Spaying and Neutering feral and township dogs. That is where the problem is. After you have enforced you 2 dogs per household rule and you are all sitting patting yourselves on your collective backs, the countless hundreds of feral dogs in the townships will still be running around in packs attacking small children. Wake up.

      Foreigner - 2011-07-02 09:00

      Ooooooh, sooo agreed, but, ..erm.. you see: If the SPCA only works in the townships (which we all know IS THE PROBLEM), then it will suddenly be racism. Personally I think the SPCA has got what it takes to help, and will (hopefully) conveniently ignore big fenced in yards (as long as the animals are disciplined properly enough not to Bark, howl or make any excessively irritating noise enough for the neighbours to draw attention to that house) with well taken care of animals, and then use the power of this by-law to take care of "dangerously feral" township animals?

  • LJ - 2011-07-01 15:23

    These animals, werew abused, homeless and starving - they turned into a pack and hunted!! They did what their instincts told them to do to "survive". I am over the pet limits, but have a house with a big yard and a good vet. All my babies are rescued from abuse, neglect and probably would have died. They are not given the opportunity to pack, as they have been schooled and discipled - my parter and I are alpha male and female! Why are all "good" pet owners going to be punished for the fact that these people breed themselves and their animal irresponsibly for no other reason than they can. My 1 male who is a beta male is not neutred, but is not aggresive and has not impreganted any other dog, but all my other animals are, including the rabbit! No one will touch my children!!!!

      Pickle - 2011-07-01 16:34

      The same question can be asked as to why all good law abiding TAX paying citizens have to cough up time and time again for the non law abiding, non tax payers, housing, electricity and water. not to mention we pay for them to sit around and pick their noses in jail too!

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-07-01 15:43

    who let the dogs out ........

      Foreigner - 2011-07-02 09:04

      yes, yes, the famous song... But I don't think these problem dogs were "let out", there is probably no defined yard, house or fence that they could have been "let out" from... :)

  • Mistypogo - 2011-07-01 15:52

    What absolute barbarians these people are. They must NEVER EVER be allowed to have animals again. They create the problem but will not accept the resposibility to sort it out. As usual everyone else must sort it out. This is why I do not give help to people, only animals as anilmals do not create misery. People create misery for themselves and animals.South Africa is a very sick country with a poor prognosis.

  • Julia55 - 2011-07-01 16:00

    What happens to people living in the city that have more than 2 dogs? Is the SPCA going to walk in and take a part of your family to put down? Will we have to pick the two that are allowed to live?

      Flee - 2011-07-01 16:18

      I will kill... Really touch my babies and I will go nutz, I wave two dogs and 3 cats... I live in a house with a sizable garden, am not well off but earn enough for them to eat good brand foods, (one even getting special prescription food daily which costs more than my groceries monthly alone.), they have toys and blankets veterinary care and love every day... My Male dog is neutered, my bitch is still a bit young to be spayed, but will be as soon as she is older, and all three cats have had the snip... Am I a part of the problem... I THINK NOT... Ban animals in townships Full Stop....

      Pickle - 2011-07-01 16:24

      @flee I agree with you 100%!

      Chantel - 2011-07-05 15:51

      exactly... i have the same question. they really should focus on the township animals and leave the domestic animals at their homes where they are cared for and feel love!!

  • calvin jacobs - 2011-07-01 16:48

    Dogs are not the problem, its how the owner look after the dog. The only problem I have at the moment is the pitbulls. I think laws should be drawn up for pitbull dogs.I think people should apply for a licence to keep a dog such as a pitbull. And the SPCA should give licences to people that have no children and where the property is closed properly. If people apply for these licenses, the SPCA should visits the houses, to see if it is appropriate.

      teresa scott - 2011-07-01 18:30

      I agree with you there, and people whos dogs are responsible for injury MUST be put down immediatetly (which doesnt happen).

      Foreigner - 2011-07-02 08:43

      @teresa scott: AGREED, I was very badly bitten by a German Shepherd when I was 9 (see story below), and the dog was NOT PUT DOWN! 3 Years later it killed a 4 year old boy, and was then put down - Prevention? Yes, that boy's death could have been prevented... Soooo AGREED.

      Foreigner - 2011-07-02 08:45

      Now, if the owners was put down, maybe the dog will have been taken to the SPCA, and surely there it would not have had the chance of killing the boy? BEST OF BOTH WORLDS, ha, put them both down :)

      Flee - 2011-07-04 09:01

      Please Calvin, Do not generalize... Not all pitts are terrible, not all Rotts are terrible, most smaller dogs are responsible for more attacks on humans than the larger. The problem comes in that when a poodle bites its a small wound when a pit bites its not... Thats why there is the Bad publicity... A while back a 6 week old Lab puppy killed a baby ... should we abolish that bread as well? No more Guide dogs? Please ????

      Bigboet - 2011-07-13 10:41

      What problem do you have with pitbulls, they are such a good breed of dogs if not the best, they are good all round dogs you can use them for anything and they do anything you want them to. I take my pitbull out for walk with my other dog, we jog, we play and when we return home they will be tired but still have the energy to play fetch and protect the yard and i can make her do anything i want.

  • chewthefat - 2011-07-01 19:33

    As usual the subject of pet control produces an emotional if not irrational response. As a pet lover I do not see why people should not be restricted to two dogs and one cat or vice versa, surely that is enough. If I recall correctly when this subject was previously aired pet owners would not be instantly deprived of pets but would not be allowed to replace them until numbers had been reduced to the required level. Provision was also considered for breeders and large property owners to apply for a departure from the regulations which I am sure would not be unreasonably witheld. As for pet care and control in the townships I am in total despair because no amount of regulation will have any effect whatsoever .. not when puppies are offered at robots or outside shopping centres foe R30.00.

  • Kirsty - 2011-07-01 23:02

    I maintain.......put the humans down as they should not have have had dogs in the first place!!!!! wake up...

  • Rosi - 2011-07-01 23:20

    I have long held the principle that all would be animal "owners" should have to pass a basic test in order to be allowed to keep any animal; the test would be varied according to the type and breed of animal, and would comprise suitability of human and property for an animal in general, plus the specific criteria required to meet the needs of the varied breeds and types, as well as the individual animal itself. Those who refuse to take a test and divulge their circumstances, should never be allowed to have animals in their lives, until and unless, they can prove their love and commitment. Rosi Caswell Animal Whisperer Therapist

      Flee - 2011-07-04 09:10

      Agree Rosi, People should be checked, their property and their income... Most pet owners now days do not have food for themselves, let alone a pet, do not understand the responsibility of a pet and actually have a pet for the sake of having one... OOOhhhh Makes me mad.

  • Fluke - 2011-07-02 08:28

    How about rather needing a license to have kids? Can you afford to feed it, send it to school, pay for doctors... Are you capable of teaching it to be a useful citizen who will respect the law and afford dignity to all other animals including humans?

  • Foreigner - 2011-07-02 08:39

    In Windhoek we have a 2 dog per Yard policy now (lawful), but how to control this? Our neighbours have 4 Jack Russels, 1 Yorkshire terrier, and 1 Fox terrier - The noise? "I love animals" - I say that about 10 times through gritted teeth every twenty minutes when they bark. At least they care very well for these dogs, (except the discipline) but that does not change the fact that there are 6 dogs there! Call the AUTHORITIES about it? Oh, they are still investigating - and have been doing so for almost a year now. The by-law is in itself a wonderful idea, but only if it CONTROLLED properly. By the way, I was very badly bitten in my neck and scalp by a German Shepherd when I was 9, while walking home down our street(!). I lost just over 2 units of blood, but until today, I DON'T BLAME THE DOG, I STILL BLAME THE OWNER (for sending this dog on a 3 week aggression training course to the police station - which I hardly believe - she thought the dog was too soft and loving). Can't we have a by-law to enforce the maximum amount of people allowed on this planet as well?

      Foreigner - 2011-07-02 09:11

      Personally, if the animals are truly well taken care of, I don't mind how many there is on a yard, provided that: The owner disciplines them (not to bark and yap continually, picks up the crap and keeps the yard clean and hygienic, make sure his animals have a healthy, fell fed and exercise balance. Thing is, most PET owners fall into this category (except for the continuous barking and noise and not shutting them up at night - where actually VERY FEW owners fall into). OH NO< The problem is "Feral animals" - These are in misery - they go hungry and often thirsty, get kicked and abused when looking for food, don't have any owners, and DIDN'T ASK TO BE THERE in the first place. These animals should be put out of their misery...

  • Carolyn - 2011-07-03 08:55

    How about limiting the amount of children to only two per family, these people are breeding like flies, The dogs are not the problem here but the people are, and like ants they are overpopulating this planet, ruining it and not giving a dam about anything else on it. I say get rid of any excess children that they cant look after. Dogs after all are the responsibility of the humans that own them, and if those humans cant take responsibility of their own children then how on earth do you expect them to take responsibility of their animals.

      Brent Kotze - 2011-07-03 09:15

      Who are " these poeple" you are reffering to ? The English, Afrikaaners, Africans, Europeans, "get rid of excess children" how gas chamber , firing squad

      montecristo - 2011-07-03 09:33

      Carolyn, I think you need to read Jonathan Swift's "A modest proposal', and then while you're at it, try "Uncle Tom's Cabin" as well. If you manage to catch the portent of these works, then you may realise how shocking your suggestion is.

      Chantel - 2011-07-05 15:53

      fantastic - i agree with you!!!

      Telara - 2011-07-06 16:07

      I agree too, we're all just animals anyways.

  • Maryna - 2011-09-21 13:15

    Certain people should not be allowed to have animals. Irresponsible people will always cause irresponsible deeds - with only the animals suffering in the end....

  • Zoe - 2011-09-22 16:45


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