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Mahikeng dog breeder to be charged over 'horrendous' conditions - NSPCA

09 April 2019 - 18:37 By Ernest Mabuza
Some of the greyhounds that were rescued by the NSPCA from a property in Mahikeng on Tuesday.
Some of the greyhounds that were rescued by the NSPCA from a property in Mahikeng on Tuesday.
Image: Facebook/NSPCA

The National Council of Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) will open a criminal case against the owner of a property in Mahikeng in the North West, who allegedly kept 43 greyhounds in "horrendous enclosures" without access to water.

The NSPCA said on Tuesday that inspectors from its special projects unit had obtained a warrant after receiving a complaint regarding underweight Greyhounds living in shocking conditions.

There were also allegations that the owner rented out the dogs for hunting - a claim the owner denies.

The NSPCA said that inspectors arrived at the property on Tuesday to find 43 greyhounds confined in “horrendous enclosures” without access to water.

“The dogs were forced to live in enclosures that were unkempt and parasitic. Some of the dogs were underweight, some had old wounds that were left untreated and had become infected,” said the council.

The organisation's inspectors also found that:

  • a number of dogs had untreated broken bones that had healed abnormally;
  • puppies were suffering from parvovirus, a highly infectious intestinal disease;
  • all the dogs were infested with internal and external parasites; and
  • one of the dogs had an untreated broken jaw.

The inspectors removed 20 dogs due to their poor condition and issued a warning to the owner for the remaining animals.

“The NSPCA was informed by members of the public that the owner of these dogs allegedly rents them out for the purposes of hunting wild animals, although the owner denies this, claiming that he owns and breeds these dogs for the love of the animals.”

The NSPCA said apart from laying charges against the owner, it would continue to undertake follow-up inspections to ensure that conditions there drastically improved.