Smuggled dogs freed in Angola

2012-08-24 14:40

Cape Town - About 20 dogs that were smuggled into Angola have been released by that country and, after a health check-up in Namibia, will head back to South Africa.

Both the SPCA’s Wendy Willson as well as animal rights activist Marlene Hugo confirmed to News24 that the hounds had been released by Angolan authorities.

The dogs were released into the care of a veterinarian who is on his way to Namibia with Marghitta Visser, her daughter, Marchell, and husband, Dirk, a family of animal rights activists.

Willson said once the dogs reach Namibia, they will get a health check and be micro-chipped.

Visser reportedly encountered some trouble when trying to get the dogs released.

The dogs’ smugglers were not charged.  

Owners who believe their pets might be one of the smuggled dogs, are advised to check for photos.

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  • kala.bafazi - 2012-08-24 14:44

    The smugglers are not to be charged. Well that kind of confirms an earlier aticle where it was mentioned that the Angolan Authorities might have been part of the smuggling ring. At least the hounds are safe and are coming home!

      john.pope.75491 - 2012-08-31 11:54

      Regretably, not all people in Africa (and Asia) see animals the way others do. It is a very sad reality that some, see animals as things, not lives...very sad..!!

  • shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-08-24 14:45

    Oh thank heavens People dont realise how traumatc this is on the dog. We moved twice in one year and my dogs as well a cats took some time to adjust, i can only imagine how these dogs must feel, having been taken from their owners in the first place.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-24 15:08

    Not being charged says it all! Then we wonder why these awful happenings are so rife> SO glad these animals at least have a happy ending! Unfortunately they are a drop in the ocean. Regard for living creatures is dissapearing daily. Thanks to all those who made an enormous effort to get this result! You are heros-even if few ever say that to you.

  • roberto.m.quintas - 2012-08-24 15:19

    Lauren: please refer to tehm as dogs. "HOUNDS" are a very specific group within dog breeds..... The husky (of which the pic was taken) is, for example, in the working dog group....hounds are bassets, borzois and daschunds etc. OVER terrible, over casual journalism and reporting which is sadly too prevalent on News24

  • steveroodt - 2012-08-24 15:31

    Now in a real country those concerned would have their visa's revoked and blacklisted from entering S.A again

  • goempie.eend - 2012-08-24 15:37

    Blerrie smugglers. They must shoot them on the border and leave them for the vultures

  • julie.morris0 - 2012-08-24 15:44

    and to the right of this post on the page is an ad for olx where anyone get dogs "free to a good home"??? Not good!!!!!

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-08-24 16:20

    Why Is this not on the SABC News and on ETCA News. after all not every one reads or Face book. Please get the TV News programs to view this. That way you may just find the owners of these dogs.

      jettybe - 2012-08-25 09:18

      I think efforts have been made to have the regular media involved. The Burger carried something a few days ago. But you are so right, Carolyn, SA mainstream media needs to be covering this strory big time and the likes of Carte Blanche should conduct and run an investigative feature story and these atricities.

  • 1amAlan - 2012-08-24 17:02

    The previous articles mentioned that there were official documents from the State Vet clearing the dogs. Why has this not been probed?

      john.pope.75491 - 2012-08-31 11:58

      Because its only a problem for people like you and me. The others think we are mad. Who knows who's involved in this, and how long it's been going on for...This is Africa..different rules..!

  • Liz Cape Town - 2015-03-19 05:11

    Well done to those who stopprd this - and lots more success in the future. Not to mention JUSTICEfor the perpetrators!

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