People's Post

19 endangered penguins killed in Simon’s Town as off-leash dogs wreak devastation on colony

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Unleashed dogs were seen attacking multiple penguins in Simon's Town last week which saw 19 endangered penguins killed.
Unleashed dogs were seen attacking multiple penguins in Simon's Town last week which saw 19 endangered penguins killed.

Two Husky-type dogs have been confiscated from their owners after the killing of 19 endangered penguins at Seaforth Beach in Simon’s Town over the weekend. 

Numerous signs at the beach and parking lot warn visitors that off-leash dogs are not allowed. 

Cape of Good Hope SPCA (CoGH SPCA) chief inspector, Jaco Pieterse, said their wildlife department was alerted to the incident on Friday 28 October.  

“The dogs were impounded today (Monday) in terms of the Animal Keeping By-law by the City of Cape Town, assisted by CoGH SPCA inspectors. 

“The SPCA will ensure that justice is served for these penguins, who suffered a traumatic death because of irresponsible dog owners. 

“We don’t believe that the dogs are to blame, but will hold their irresponsible owners accountable,” said Pieterse. 

Around 19 endangered penguins suffered a traumatic
Around 19 endangered penguins suffered a traumatic death.
Two Husky-type dogs were removed from a property in Simon's Town earlier today after the death of 19 endangered penguins last week.
Two Husky-type dogs were removed from a property in Simon's Town earlier today after the death of 19 endangered penguins last week.

CoGH SPCA and the City of Cape Town Law Enforcement Animal Control Unit removed the two dogs from a residential property in Simon’s Town, with the dogs impounded, the City now has a process to follow in terms of the Animal Keeping By-Law.

He says the owner also has the right to appeal any decision made by the City.. 

According to an eyewitness, who tried to stop the carnage on Friday, the dogs were seen attacking multiple penguins. 

“The SPCA has an affidavit from an eyewitness who witnessed the incident. It was reported that two husky-type dogs were seen at Seaforth beach attacking various penguins.” 

The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) has since confirmed that the birds’ death appeared to be caused by dog bites.  

Seaforth Beach is a prominent nesting site for around 150 endangered African penguins and is on the border of Boulders Beach – the world-famous African penguin breeding colony. 

  • Off-leash dogs in a public space is a contravention of the City of Cape Town Animal Keeping By-law and should be reported to Law Enforcement on 021 480 7700. 


We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What are your thoughts on the possibility of having permanent Stage 2 or 3 load shedding?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
I'll take that over constant schedule changes
13% - 1623 votes
Why are we normalising Eskom’s mess?
72% - 8974 votes
I've already found alternative ways of powering my home/business
15% - 1834 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
17.62
+0.2%
Rand - Pound
21.23
-0.0%
Rand - Euro
18.93
+0.1%
Rand - Aus dollar
12.22
-0.5%
Rand - Yen
0.13
-0.0%
Platinum
969.20
-0.5%
Palladium
1,597.30
-2.1%
Gold
1,874.33
+0.4%
Silver
22.33
+0.3%
Brent Crude
80.99
+1.3%
Top 40
73,489
0.0%
All Share
79,583
0.0%
Resource 10
74,088
0.0%
Industrial 25
103,121
0.0%
Financial 15
16,377
0.0%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE