eThekwini cares about its police dogs, municipality insists

2015-06-19 19:08

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Durban - Police dogs used by the eThekwini Metro Police were well looked after and there was no shortage of food or essential grooming items, the City said on Friday.

eThekwini Metro spokesperson Tozi Mthethwa said on Friday she wished to assure the public that “there is adequate supply of dog food. Further, items such as shampoo, check chains, leashes, tackle suits, dog brushes and tracking leads are in stock".

The statement follows News24 reports that the Dog Unit had been crippled by a shortage of puppy food and shampoo and mounting veterinary bills.

On Tuesday, management turned away a R15 000 donation of food, medical supplies and toys for the dogs.

The Democratic Alliance’s Dianne Kohler-Barnard on Wednesday slammed an eThekwini Metro Police directive that an ageing police dog - at the end of his tenure of service - cannot go home with his handler.

Mthethwa explained the municipality could not accept donations when it had sufficient food for the dogs.

She did not comment on an alleged directive that ageing dogs could not be retired and sent home with their handlers.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Amanzimtoti manager Tracey Girling said the organisation, together with the Durban and Coast SPCA, had investigated allegations of dogs being starved at an eThekwini Metro Police Dog Unit.

“The dogs were found to be in acceptable condition with, minor animal welfare concerns which are being addressed,” she said.

One old dog was handed over to the SPCA to be euthanised, because it had severe hip dysplasia and could not walk.

She said the SPCA would conduct future visits at the Kenyon Howden kennels to ensure standards were maintained.

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