Sev­eral pets in need of new homes

The Rep - - NEWS - SONJA RAASCH

THE Ko­mani SPCA is cur­rently look­ing for homes for 23 dogs and 11 cats which have found a tem­po­rary home at the ken­nels.

SPCA in­spec­tor Betty Cree said two pups, aged be­tween eight and nine weeks, and a few pup­pies born at the SPCA a few months ago, were among the dogs in need of homes. Eight dogs, aged be­tween nine months and three years, were also look­ing for homes.

Four male cats – of which three had been cas­trated – and seven fe­males (two spayed) – were also up for adop­tion.

Cree said no new cases of an­i­mal abuse had been re­ported to the SPCA lately but that any­one want­ing to do so could reach the or­gan­i­sa­tion on 045- 839 2189 or, in case of an emer­gency, on 082-492 5588.

The num­ber of stray dogs in Ko­mani was show­ing a steady in­crease with dogs roam­ing in the CBD and res­i­den­tial ar­eas. Ram­pant lit­ter­ing and dump­ing of refuse were con­tribut­ing to the prob­lem, with fears that an­i­mals would get sick and that rats, at­tracted to the garbage, would cause dis­ease.

Cree said the SPCA had spent hours over the past few weeks try­ing to catch some stray dogs suf­fer­ing from mange in the town’s CBD.

“These dogs are in pain. They freeze at night and burn dur­ing the day­time.”

She said the dogs were, how­ever, “streetwise” and dif­fi­cult to cor­ner, while sug­ges­tions to drug the an­i­mals had been made but that this came with risks to the wel­fare of the dogs.

She said peo­ple who no longer wanted their pets could drop them off at the SPCA or could con­tact the vets to have them eu­thanased.

She thanked the Ko­mani com­mu­nity for their on­go­ing sup­port of the SPCA. Any­one want­ing to do­nate food or blan­kets can con­tact the SPCA.

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