SPCA warns on keep­ing dogs chained

Grocott's Mail - - NEWS - STAFF RE­PORTER

The Gra­ham­stown SPCA has called on mem­bers of the pub­lic to stop chain­ing up their dogs.

SPCA Gen­eral Man­ager Mark Thomas said they are be­com­ing very con­cerned with the in­crease in oc­cur­rences and com­plaints they are re­ceiv­ing and in­ves­ti­gat­ing of an­i­mals be­ing chained.

“The reg­u­la­tions of the Na­tional So­ci­ety for the Preven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals (NSPCA) in­di­cate that an­i­mals should be free from dis­com­fort, pain, fear, hunger, thirst and in­jury, and free to ex­press nor­mal be­hav­iour – the lat­ter by pro­vid­ing suf­fi­cient space, proper fa­cil­i­ties and com­pany of the an­i­mal’s own kind,” Thomas said.

The An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion Act No 71 of 1962, in­di­cates that it is a con­tra­ven­tion of the law if some­one “con­fines, chains, teth­ers or se­cures any an­i­mal un­nec­es­sar­ily or un­der such con­di­tions or in such a man­ner or po­si­tion to cause that an­i­mal un­nec­es­sary suf­fer­ing or in any place which af­fords in­ad­e­quate space, ven­ti­la­tion, light, pro­tec­tion or shel­ter from heat, cold or weather…”

SPCA In­spec­tor Mon­wabisi Din­gana said, “Peo­ple should en­sure their prop­er­ties are suit­able for dogs, in­clud­ing that there are no holes in fences and that gates are kept closed, and that there is suit­able ac­cess to food, shel­ter and wa­ter.”

“Of­fend­ers found to be con­tra­ven­ing the stip­u­la­tions for keep­ing an an­i­mal could be sub­jected to a visit by the SPCA, with fail­ure to con­form pos­si­bly re­sult­ing in the an­i­mal be­ing re­moved,” Thomas said.

Any­one want­ing to re­port an owner whose dogs are be­ing tied up or chained can con­tact the SPCA at 046 622 3233.

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