Cape of Good Hope SPCA Inspector Mfini recently responded to a complaint in the Redhill informal settlement that involved two dogs who were kept tied up with no access to drinking water.
The dogs’ living conditions were also abysmal – the animals were sitting in old faeces, surrounded by flies and maggots.
After Inspector Mfini issued a warning to the owner, instructing him to remove the ropes, clean up the dogs’ environment and provide an enclosure, he conducted a few follow-up visits – but the owner failed to comply.
This left Inspector Mfini with no choice but to apply for a court order to remove the dogs.
Both dogs were confiscated and are in the SPCA’s care, while the owner will face charges of animal cruelty.
Chaining is one of the most common dog welfare problems.
When dogs are kept continuously chained or tethered, they become neurotic, unhappy, anxious – and often, aggressive.
It’s common for permanently chained or tethered dogs to experience ongoing physical ailments because of their cruel confinement.
For more information on the chaining of dogs, read A Chained Dog is an Unhappy Dog.
Articles on Dog Chaining
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