Syndicate targets 'stronger' SA dogs

2012-11-01 12:00

Cape Town - A dog smuggling syndicate is targeting South African dogs because their bloodlines are stronger and they are less prone to illnesses, it was reported on Thursday.

"The syndicate made it clear that they want dogs from South Africa because they more aggressive.

"Aggressive dogs are normally used for dog fights and others for breeding or safeguarding homes," National Animal Welfare Task Team leader Mariette Hopley told the Cape Times.

The task team said 97 dogs were rescued from the syndicate in August alone.

The dogs were either bought for between R100 and R300, or stolen in Cape Town, before being transported to Angola to be sold at a huge mark-up.

Hopley told the newspaper bets as high as R80 000 were made on dog fights.

She recommended that owners microchip their dogs or tattoo a number on their ear.

Thirteen dogs illegally being taken to Angola were rescued by police at the Cape Town International Airport on Monday, The Cape Times reported.

Dogs being kept at safehouse

Two men from Angola were arrested in a sting operation, and faced charges of theft. Their export documents were incomplete and their passports were false.

Captain Frederick van Wyk told the newspaper eight dogs were found in the cargo section at the airport and five dogs in the baggage hall. They were found in small crates and luggage bags.

Hopley said at the time that the confiscated dogs were being kept at a safehouse and would be handed over to an animal welfare organisation before attempts were made to find their owners.

She told The Cape Times newspaper that 80 dogs had been rescued from a dog smuggling syndicate since August.

The dogs were mainly Alsatians, Rottweilers, German Shepherds and Boerboels.

The puppies were apparently being sold for about R10 000 each and the adult dogs for R25 000 each in Namibia, Angola and Zimbabwe.

  • simon.pearce.790 - 2012-11-01 12:17

    "Alsatians......AND German Shepherds." Same thing!

      vaaldonkie.visagie - 2012-11-01 13:14

      Quite right. Although Alsation is no longer used to refer to a dog breed.

      byron.matthews.562 - 2012-11-01 21:34

      ... not if you're from Mitchell's Plain

      vaaldonkie.visagie - 2012-11-02 10:12

      Also Olderhill.

  • klipkop.degroote - 2012-11-01 12:23

    And we call ourselves human beings. We are horrible things that kill for entertainment and fortune. Why cant these idiots not get into boxing or wrestling or even fencing. Even to the death fine by me.

  • JuliusYouPrick - 2012-11-01 12:24

    I hope you people burn in hell.

  • riette.mckenzie - 2012-11-01 12:38

    Disgusting money making thugs how I wish they would feed you to these "stronger" dogs you are a disgrace for the human race - I hope there is a special place in hell for people like you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • joao.r.oliveira1 - 2012-11-01 12:41

    Hey, Alsatians are the same breed as German Shepherds.

      rip.riphagen - 2012-11-01 13:00

      Actually not the same thing at all. There is no such dog as an Alsatian! GSDs were re-named "Alsatians" during the second world war when the word "German" was a dirty word but have been re-named as GSDs again about 20 years ago. That whole re-naming was a bit of a funny thing anyway as they named the dogs after the province of Alsace, which is actually in France! And GSD's never originated from there anyway.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-01 12:49

    Bloody savages. This country is sick, very sick.

      sharon.hamilton.737001 - 2012-11-02 06:33

      Dog fighting occurs in many countries, it seems that it's a particular type of mind that enjoys this sport and that mindset has no nationality.

  • zelda.dickson - 2012-11-01 12:53

    We should have special forces at all out airports with dogs themselves monitoring crates and luggage with animals in. Even our border posts could do with monitoring. Stamp out this cruel game. Put our trained dogs onto them and let them get tear them to pieces. When finished cut their hands off like the foreign countries do to thieves.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-11-01 12:58

    why can't they steal corrupt politicians or nigerians we have an abundance of those..

      vaaldonkie.visagie - 2012-11-01 13:14

      This comment wins the thread.

      antionette.leroux - 2012-11-01 13:22

      Bhwahahaha - true!!

      vaaldonkie.visagie - 2012-11-01 14:26

      Yes, and they must make them fight in a cage while we place bets.

  • mshiniboys - 2012-11-01 13:59

    You see money money money people you will end up sending these animals into extinction. Leave African animals alone please.

  • Zeenie Kara - 2014-09-10 15:11

    This is extremely sad. Poor dogs.

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