Rock­lands puppy mill res­cue

Weak, frag­ile dogs taken to place of safety af­ter ordeal

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - NEWS - Hen­drick Mphande mphan­deh@ti­soblack­star.co.za

IN what has been called one of the most hor­ren­dous cases in­volv­ing cru­elty to an­i­mals in the Nel­son Man­dela Bay area, 117 dogs – 84 adults and 34 pup­pies – were res­cued from a puppy mill in Rock­lands yes­ter­day.

The move comes af­ter the An­i­mal Anti Cru­elty League (AACL) and the Nel­son Man­dela Bay Mu­nic­i­pal­ity ob­tained court war­rants to have the dogs and pup­pies re­moved from the owner.

Ear­lier, the court had is­sued war­rants per­tain­ing to il­le­gal breed­ing and un­sat­is­fac­tory liv­ing con­di­tions.

The bitches ap­peared un­der­nour­ished and weak while the pup­pies were tiny and frag­ile.

When con­tacted for com­ment, dog owner Em­mer­en­tia Ger­ber asked: “Where did you hear about this? There is no com­ment, sorry,” and dropped the call.

But AACL in­spec­tor Bev­er­ley Rade­meyer de­scribed the con­di­tions un- der which the dogs lived as hor­ren­dous.

“The dogs were con­fined in crates,” Rade­meyer said.

“She had no per­mis­sion to breed the dogs. She broke mu­nic­i­pal by­laws. There was wa­ter all over the ground. The owner pleaded with us to give her a sec­ond chance.”

She said the owner had been re­luc­tant to al­low them in.

On June 7, Rade­meyer said, the AACL ap­proached the court and were granted the first war­rant for the dogs to be re­moved from Ger­ber’s cus­tody. At the time, Ger­ber promised to im­prove the liv­ing con­di­tions but this never hap­pened.

The AACL then ob­tained a sec­ond war­rant against Ger­ber for al­leged il­le­gal breed­ing.

But when the of­fi­cials went there yes­ter­day, they dis­cov­ered the dogs had al­legedly been re­moved two weeks ago to a dif­fer­ent ad­dress in the Rock­lands area.

The dogs and pup­pies were even­tu­ally found and taken to a place of safety.

PHO­TO­GRAPH: EU­GENE COET­ZEE

RES­CUE MIS­SION: Vet­eri­nary as­sis­tant Faa­timah Ajam helps the ne­glected dogs

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