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Num­ber of poi­soned pets, stolen ve­hi­cles rises

The Rep - - FRONT PAGE - SONJA RAASCH

WHILE the tally of stolen ve­hi­cles and poi­soned pets con­tin­ues to climb in Ko­mani, the state vet­eri­nar­ian’s of­fice has con­firmed that the poi­son be­ing used is an organophos­phate, Terb­ifos, which is nor­mally used as a pes­ti­cide.

To date, 20 dogs and two cats have been poi­soned in res­i­den­tial ar­eas in and around the town while six bakkies have been stolen.

The ve­hi­cles have been stolen in the Weshof and Ko­mani Park res­i­den­tial ar­eas and at Am­berdale, the plots on the out­skirts of town, since the start of the month.

In the lat­est in­ci­dent, po­lice spokesman Cap­tain Namhla Mdle­leni con­firmed that po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing two cases of stolen ve­hi­cles and ma­li­cious dam­age to prop­erty after two ve­hi­cles were stolen at Bail­ley out­side the town on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

The owner had found that his two Isuzu bakkies – one white and one ma­roon – were miss­ing when he woke up in the morn­ing.

Three dogs had been poi­soned and were found dead in the yard.

State vet Dr Alan Fisher con­firmed yes­ter­day that the re­sults of post mortems con­ducted on some of the dogs had re­vealed that Terb­ifos had been used.

Fisher urged pet own­ers to try to keep their dogs closed in at night and to look out for any food­stuffs which may be thrown into yards.

“If an owner sees their pet in­gest­ing these, the pet should be made to vomit by pour­ing salt water down its throat and then get­ting the an­i­mal to a vet as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Fisher said some dogs had sur­vived the poi­son­ings, but that a large amount of poi­son was be­ing used by the per­pe­tra­tors, which was killing the an­i­mals within a short pe­riod of time.

Mdle­leni said the po­lice were ex­tremely con­cerned about the num­ber of ve­hi­cles that were be­ing stolen in the area and the dogs that had been killed.

She ap­pealed to the Ko­mani com­mu­nity to call the po­lice im­me­di­ately when not­ing the pres­ence of sus­pi­cious-look­ing peo­ple in their ar­eas.

No ar­rests have yet been made for the theft or poi­son­ings.

Drak­ens­berg area po­lice spokesman Cap­tain Ur­sula Roelofse said two sim­i­lar in­ci­dents had been re­ported in Ali­wal North about two months ago.

One bakkie had been stolen, with an at­tempt to steal another. Three dogs had been poi­soned in the process.

Oelofse said one ar­rest had sub­se­quently been made and no fur­ther in­ci­dents had been re­ported.

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