They don’t come more dedicated than Inspector Moyo, who prefers to work 7 days a week, 365 days a year, rather than taking time off! We asked him what makes him tick.
Q: Why did you become an SPCA Inspector?
A: I would say I was born to do it. From early childhood, I’ve always loved animals. Growing up all I wanted to study was animal science. I wrote my thesis on animal nutrition and how small farmers could improve the way they feed their livestock. Even then, I wanted to help animals – I can’t understand how people an ill-treat them.
Q: How do you keep doing the work you do – given that you must see some terrible things?
A: I couldn’t do anything else. It’s something I do because I love doing it. It’s my passion. I want to do it 7 days a week, 365 days a year; I never want to take leave – they have to force me to take time off! Of course, there are cases that drag you own and you feel overwhelmed by your emotions. But you keep going, because he SPCA really is making a difference. A lot of the time what we’re dealing with is ignorance,rather than deliberate cruelty. For example, if a child has grown up with the family dog kept on a chain in the yard, the child accepts this as the normal way to treat a dog. It’s only when someone comes along, and points out that the dog would be happier if it could move around freely, that change is possible.
Q: Is there a particular case that stands out?
A: I pursued one case for over 7 years – so it’s been a big part of my life. It involved
a dog that was neutered by its owner, without the benefit of anaesthesia or pain killers. What was remarkable was that the man’s daughter, who was only ten or eleven at the time, reported her father to the SPCA because she was so upset by the dog’s suffering. She even testified against him in court because, young as she was, she knew this was not right. Her bravery was an inspiration – something I’ll never forget.