Don’t ta­ke to so­ci­al me­dia, warns SPCA

Mossel Bay Advertiser - - Voorblad - Lin­da S­parg

This week the SPCA went to in­spect the pre­mi­ses of a Brand­wag far­mer who mem­bers of the pu­blic al­le­ged was bree­ding dogs wit­hout suit­a­ble shel­ter for the a­ni­mals.

In­spec­tor Ma­ris­ka Ja­cobs of the Mos­sel Bay branch of the Gar­den Rou­te SPCA, which com­pri­ses Mos­sel Bay and Ge­or­ge bran­ches, went to the far­mer with an in­specti­on war­rant.

The com­plai­nants said the dogs had in­a­de­qua­te shel­ter from the e­le­ments.

Mos­sel Bay SPCA branch ma­na­ger My­nie Myn­hardt cau­ti­o­ned mem­bers of the pu­blic who ma­ke claims a­bout a­ni­mal cru­el­ty to the SPCA to re­frain from dis­cus­sing their claims on so­ci­al me­dia plat­forms.

Myn­hardt said: "It is de­fa­ma­to­ry to ma­ke accu­sa­ti­ons a­gainst pe­op­le and they should a­void being o­ver e­mo­ti­o­nal if they ha­ve not seen the pre­mi­ses them­sel­ves c­lo­se up." Myn­hardt said this af­ter Ja­cobs had in­spected the pre­mi­ses and had gi­ven her a re­port on the con­di­ti­ons.

On the que­s­ti­on of shel­ter for a­ni­mals, she said: "The­re is le­gis­la­ti­on bree­ders should know a­bout. Pe­op­le are wel­co­me to con­sult the SPCA at any ti­me re­gar­ding the­se re­gu­la­ti­ons. "Bree­ders can co­me to us as well as mem­bers of the pu­blic who ha­ve any con­cerns re­gar­ding a­ni­mals.

"The SPCA will glad­ly sup­ply all the in­for­ma­ti­on nee­ded and or di­rect pe­op­le to the le­gis­la­ti­on." Myn­hardt said the SPCA re­cei­ved un­foun­ded com­plaints from mem­bers of the pu­blic who we­re o­ver e­mo­ti­o­nal and did not ha­ve the facts a­bout bree­ding a­ni­mals. The­se pe­op­le of­ten ven­ted their con­cerns on so­ci­al me­dia, cau­sing much da­ma­ge. On the ot­her hand the­re we­re of­ten grounds for com­plaints, but com­plaints should be ma­de in a re­a­so­ned man­ner wit­hout de­fa­ma­ti­on and ne­ga­ti­ve pu­bli­ci­ty on so­ci­al me­dia plat­forms.

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