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Cape of Good Hope SPCA: Chaining dogs a cruel act which causes suffering

Chaining dogs is a cruel act which causes mental and physical suffering for the animals

Property owners in Delft moved and left two pitbulls chained and alone, resulting in the dogs eating each other out of hunger.Chaining dogs is a cruel act which causes mental and physical suffering for the animals

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is concerned about the influx of animal dumping ahead of the festive season.

Cheryl Lyn, of Cheryl Lyn’s Rescue organisation, said it was a horrific experience seeing how a chained dog ate another dog from hunger.

Lyn said the dogs likely fought and one pitbull pulled his collar off  and killed the other dog. He was starved for a month so he ate the other pitbull.

Lyn wants to fight to change the law regarding chaining dogs as it is a cruel act.

Cape of Good Hope SPCA spokesperson Belinda Abraham said they were  gathering the facts of the matter and would be pursuing a cruelty case if they had reason to believe the allegations had merit.

Abraham said abandoning an animal is a crime in terms of the Animals Protection Act No. 71 of 1962 and the SPCA will not hesitate to prosecute in such cases.

She added that it is inhumane to abandon an animal and even worse chaining dogs in this manner which prevented any hope of them being able to forage for food or water.

Abraham said there is no excuse for abandoning an animal and the SPCA  has a non-discriminatory admissions policy and do not charge a surrender fee. She said they even collect unwanted animals from individuals.

She said it is a crime to chain a dog as it deprives an animal of its natural right to freedom of movement, it is cruel and causes mental and physical suffering.

If it is absolutely necessary to restrain your dog then the only acceptable method is a running chain.  Both ends must be pinned underground in order to avoid strangulation and injury.

Abraham said a running chain should be at least five meters in length, allowing access to sun, shade, grass, shelter, fresh food and drinkable water.

More: Cape Argus


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