Dogfighting remains a significant problem within the City of Cape Town, especially in areas riddled with gang violence. Owning a pit bull is the new trend. We see an increase in pit bulls in the area on a daily basis. Unfortunately, this results in more dogs being used in informal street fighting.
The Cape of Good Hope SPCA continues to nurture our relationship with the City of Cape Town, and especially with the City of Cape Town Law Enforcement: Animal Control Unit, in our efforts to combat dog fighting. Our anti-dog fighting efforts are made possible thanks to our caring supporters and donors.
We would like to give a special thank you to Medinox for donating monthly towards our anti-dog fighting efforts.
During the period 01 June 2021 to 31 May 2022, the Cape of Good Hope SPCA investigated over 70 cases of dogfighting reported by caring members of the public.
This is an increase in cases from the previous reporting period. Our team has also conducted 14 proactive interventions in various “hotspot” areas within the City of Cape Town to educate the communities on dogfighting and the negative impact it has on our communities and youth.
The Cape of Good Hope SPCA is committed to conducting outreach projects in the various dogfighting hot spot areas on a regular basis. With our educational outreaches in these areas, we have started forming relationships with the communities and built their trust.
Through our efforts, more reports of dogfighting have been received from these areas.
The aim of this outreach project is to distribute educational brochures on dogfighting and to educate the communities on this barbaric crime in the hope that more dogfighting cases will be reported to the SPCA. We also assist with basic animal husbandry care and sterilisation of unsterilised animals. These efforts have been well received by the communities.
Some of these areas are listed as the most dangerous areas in Cape Town that are riddled with various crimes, including dog fighting. Going into some of these areas requires bravery from our team.
Last year our team raided an active dogfight in Saxonsea in Atlantis. This case is currently before the Atlantis Magistrates court pending trial. Chief Inspector Jaco Pieterse spent the day in court on 06 June 2022 to ensure that this case moves forward and that the perpetrators are prosecuted. We hope that this case will be finalised soon.
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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.