Although dogfighting is illegal in South Africa, it is desperately under-enforced. It is still extremely popular in underground crime circles and is a highly syndicated and organised crime. Dogs are encouraged to fight to the death, and the fight can go on for hours—until both dogs are exhausted and at least one is seriously injured or dead.
While dogfighting is related to criminal activities, this doesn’t mean it only takes place in disadvantaged communities. It includes people from all backgrounds, races and communities.
SPCA Outreach Programmes
Over the last 3 months the Cape of Good Hope SPCA received 9 dogfighting complaints that we have successfully investigated and as a result, conducted 7 pro-active weekly outreaches in dog fighting hot spots.
Our aim of these weekly outreach programmes is to distribute educational brochures on dog fighting and to educate these communities on this insidious crime, form relationships within these communities and gain their trust with the hope that more dog fighting cases will be reported to the SPCA. Through our concerted efforts to this cause, more reports of dogfighting have been received from these areas.
The purpose of these outreach programmes is to also educate these communities on basic animal husbandry care, humane care and treatment of their pets. All of which have been well received by the communities.
Last week our team did an outreach in Lotus River, where our team dipped and dewormed 48 dogs and de-fleaed and dewormed 5 cats. Two dogs were surrendered. The children and community were educated.
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SPCA ANTI-DOG-FIGHTING UNIT
Dog fighting is an inhumane blood-sport where dogs, who have been bred, conditioned and trained to fight, are pitted against each other to fight. In most cases dog fights are for spectator entertainment and financial gain.
Dog fighting is a thriving underground crime that may be happening in your community without you even knowing about it!
Most dogs that are used for fighting live a miserable life where they are kept chained or caged in poor living conditions for most of their lives.