Don’t take to social media, warns SPCA
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.