SPCA to provide care for army horses

2012-12-19 10:01

Pretoria - The SPCA has obtained a court order in the North Gauteng High Court to allow it to investigate the wellbeing of horses owned by 12 SA Infantary Battalion in Potchefstroom and provide medical care, Beeld reported on Wednesday.

This follows two previous unsuccessful attempts by the SPCA to gain access to the army base.

SPCA spokesperson Andries Venter told the newspaper that he and other inspectors were finally able to take a look at the horses last Friday, and found many of them to be in a shocking state.

"One of the horses was lame, and another had swollen protuberances on its face. Some of the mares, with foals, were in a very bad condition."

Venter said the SPCA allowed a military vet, from the SA Military Health Service's veterinary division, to treat the animals at the base.

"We have also arranged for the horses to be moved to the military vets' division, where they were previously being kept."

The SPCA acted after an earlier Beeld report detailing various abuses of the horses, including the fact that a mare had been kicked to death while she was giving birth.

Venter said the biggest reason for the animals' neglect is that the soldiers tasked with their care were not trained in animal husbandry.


  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-19 10:09

    What the hell do they want horses for?.

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-12-19 10:38

      Spent 76 in Potch. Had a buddy at Potch Horse School. They were a very proud unit. But that was in 76!

      dick.etheridge - 2012-12-19 10:40

      Who or what kicked the mare to death? The article does not reveal. So why assume "the men" did the kicking? Other horses can also kick!

      beverly.young3 - 2012-12-19 11:16

      There are mounted police as well. Anyway, angels that the SPCA are, and I am a fundraiser here for them; they neglect the poor horses in the Transkei..shame.

  • chez.kri - 2012-12-19 10:15

    How can Venter say that the neglect was mostly thru ignorance when they kicked a horse to death? You don't need to know much about horses to know that kicking one to death is not good behaviour.

      dick.etheridge - 2012-12-19 10:50

      "detailing various abuses of the horses, including the fact that a mare had been kicked to death while she was giving birth." It does not say that "men" kicked the mare to death...why not other horses?

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-12-19 10:16

    Like the rest of the defence force - falling apart. And who do we have to thank.........

      stanton.clarke - 2012-12-19 10:38

      Boland Bank.

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-19 14:10

      @Stanton...was thinking of the same reply but I thought better not...

      stanton.clarke - 2012-12-19 15:45

      Cmon Nic, show some balls. Dont need to be afraid of anyone.

      brigitte.bell.33 - 2012-12-19 18:58

      The first thought that came to mind was...Boland Bank...we show our age don't we?

  • clive.prince.14 - 2012-12-19 10:18

    Is there anything that this c**k up government can get right ?

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-19 10:50

      Yes like f**k*ng things up. Everything they touch turn to cr*p. Eish struggle on cANCer, struggle on

  • john.cryink - 2012-12-19 10:18

    cANCer and it's army can not even look after a horse how are they going to look after people?

  • Jane - 2012-12-19 10:22

    Well if you look who the military employs these days and the background they come from, one can understand why these poor animals were treated so shockingly! Being uneducated in husbandry does not make one cruel, even someone who can not read nor write can love and care for animals.

      brigitte.bell.33 - 2012-12-19 18:59

      That's exactly what I said! Any idiot can see when an animal is not being cared for! It takes CARE...and that's the problem...

  • vanessa.rossouw1 - 2012-12-19 10:34

    Why on earth would you kick a mare giving birth to death? WTF?????????????????????

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-19 14:05

      Shocking..shocking..shocking...words fail me...

  • fredster.mania.5 - 2012-12-19 10:36

    They just proved that they cannot even look after a horse...let alone people

  • alexbokkie.ferguson - 2012-12-19 10:36

    There needs to be far harsher punishments for those who neglect/abuse animals. This is in no way acceptable. Thank you to the RSPCA for taking charge of the situation.

  • marcus.steenberg.7 - 2012-12-19 10:43

    Disgusting and heartbreaking - I was in the now disbanded dog unit then affiliated with the berede. The animals were extremely well cared for but this sort of abuse has become endemic and I am glad they don't still have a dog unit otherwise god knows how the dogs would be treated. A previous commentator is right - the commander of the unit should face charges as well as his underlings. His ass should be fired. It won't happen though because he's most likely related to the minister of defence.

      brigitte.bell.33 - 2012-12-19 19:01

      The problem comes with the fact that many people in this country do not regard animals as sentient beings: many kids I teach are not even aware that animals are able to feel pain!

  • mmoledis - 2012-12-19 10:45

    That is good SPCA those animals need proper care too because they help soldiers or SANDF to do their duties where vehicles can not enter so they need care too,soldiers using animals in the SANDF need to attend animal husbandry courses in order to get them care for those animals properly.

  • annelise.vanderschyff - 2012-12-19 10:47

    Why a I not surprised anc leads by example it is disgusting!!!!!poor animals!!!poor people of this corrupt country

  • cassie.barns.5 - 2012-12-19 10:47

    My comment was deleted - suppose it contained too much TRUTH !!! That they could not handle! SAVAGES!!! Bastards!!!

  • gvangreunen - 2012-12-19 10:49

    "the soldiers tasked with their care were not trained in animal husbandry" ... have these morons been trained in anything???

      michele.rixon - 2012-12-19 13:28

      What morons put soldiers in charge of looking after animals, with no training....this defies logic!I just can't believe the stupidity and the complete lack of empathy and understanding that trickles down from the top, in a state institution like this.

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-12-19 10:59

    The SANDF should be charged with animal abuse - this is disgusting!

  • liezl.haramis.7 - 2012-12-19 11:09 they display daily in every aspect of life...killing innocent people...why would they care for horses??? Ban them back to the bushes they came from!!!

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-19 13:58

      You can judge a people by the way they treat very sad...

  • helen.watermelon.16 - 2012-12-19 11:18

    OMG please prosecute whoever kicked the mare to death, i cant believe what i am reading, is this the type of "soldiers" we have , they are disgusting and must be punished for animal cruelty, never thought i would reac something like this

  • gail.welman - 2012-12-19 11:27

    How very sad for the animals. My brother did his army training in the mounted infrantry and they were all so proud of their animals. Such noble animals to be abused by uneducated idiots.

  • Johnny - 2012-12-19 11:34

    Special thanks to the SPCA. Hold ministers accountable. Take them to court . This Gov does not care at all for animal welfare. Police seem to do the best with animals they have. Rest are crap

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  • helen.watermelon.16 - 2012-12-19 11:38

    How shocking that a society that gets no money from the useless government, has to now look after the government horses, hatefull bunch of useless army idiots, i hope you all die

  • gert.swart.393 - 2012-12-19 11:38

    An absolute disgrace that the defence force can't take care of their own animals! Those f#cking people don't care a damn!

  • Benjamin - 2012-12-19 11:55

    Disgusting and embarrassing..... shame on you SANDF!

  • derek.conradie - 2012-12-19 12:05

    These horses belong to the SANDF as as such are state property. If they are abused and not properly cared for, the MP's should do the right thing and haul all of the responsible persons up before a military court. This is against Military Law. This needs to be addressed and a solution needs to be put in place by the military.

  • Toolman - 2012-12-19 12:47

    As an ex equestrian member from Potch I find this shocking. In the days the horses we had were treated like they were the Queens own. The persons who should be looking after these horses should be charged with cruelty to animals.

  • mark.uys.5 - 2012-12-19 16:54

    It's not a army or defence force, it was when we wore browns and the kick ass R1 rifle!

  • andre.v.merwe.1 - 2012-12-24 09:17

    This is shocking, as the South AfricanPolice Service Mounted Academy is just around the corner. If you're not able to care for a horse, then you're definitely not allowed to ride either. I'm shocked. Just show you, if they can't care for a horse, what would they think of a person in need. Shucks, suppose some people never learn either. Those people must be charge with animal cruelty, make an example for once.

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