A complaint was lodged with the Cape of Good Hope SPCA regarding a pit bull-type dog that required veterinary care, which the owner failed to provide.
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The case was assigned to Inspector Jeffrey Mfini for investigation.
Upon arrival at the Sanddrift property, Mfini met the owner at the gate and explained the complaint received to the owner.
The owner refused to allow Mfini onto the property to conduct an inspection unless he told him whom the person was that complained.
The SPCA has a policy whereby the complainant’s details are never revealed, regardless of the circumstances.
Mfini explained this to the owner, who insisted that he would not allow the SPCA onto his property if he were not provided with the complainant’s details.
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Mfini could see the dog called Diesel from the gate and saw Diesel’s front right leg appeared to be swollen and had a wound.
Diesel also had a growth on his stomach, appeared to have a skin condition and was covered with ticks.
This prompted Mfini to issue the owner with a warning, giving the owner 48 hours to provide Diesel with veterinary treatment.
The owner started to get hostile towards Mfini and refused to sign the warning.
The owner told Mfini that he would only euthanise Diesel once he had found a replacement puppy.
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The team conducted two further follow-up inspections.
However, Diesel was nowhere to be seen.
Several attempts were made to contact the owner, to no avail.
The owner did not answer any phone calls from SPCA inspectors and ignored all warnings. No veterinary report was forthcoming either.
The non-compliance from the owner resulted in Mfini having to obtain a court order in terms of the Animals Protection Act 71 of 1962, read together with Regulation 468, to enter the Sanddrift property and confiscate Diesel.
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With court order in hand, the team returned to the Sanddrift property to confiscate Diesel.
Upon arrival at the property late in the evening, Mfini and Inspector Siviwe Noko executed the court order with the assistance of the Milnerton South African Police Service (SAPS).
When the inspectors entered the property, they found Diesel confined inside his kennel.
The team could see that Diesel had to be confined to his kennel on a regular basis, if not permanently, as a satellite dish was fixed to the kennel with a latch.
The team safely removed Diesel from his kennel and confiscated him.
Diesel is now in the safe care of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, receiving veterinary care for his wound and skin condition.
When Inspectors Mfini and Noko were offered overtime for working after hours to rescue Diesel, they both refused.
“We do this out of love,” Noko informed his supervisor.
The owner will now face criminal charges in terms of the Animals Protection Act 71 of 1962 for failing to provide Diesel with veterinary care and for enclosing him inside his kennel, which affords inadequate space, light and ventilation.
Any person found guilty of animal cruelty could face a fine of up to R40 000 and/or 12 months imprisonment with a criminal record.
The SPCA has urged the public to report any cruelty directly to its Inspectorate by calling our 24/7 call centre on 021 700 4158/9 or by sending an email to [email protected]
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