Pitbulls: ‘In many instances, aggressive animals have been subjected to EXTREME ABUSE’

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With the Pitbull saga getting out of hand in the country, the SPCA wants the public to realise that, in many instances, the aggressive animals themselves have also been subjected to extreme abuse and cruelty in the manner in which they are kept.

‘AGGRESSIVE ANIMALS HAVE BEEN SUBJECTED TO EXTREME ABUSE AND CRUELTY’

In a statement, the SPCA made it clear that it does not support the petition to ban or outlaw pit bulls.

“But we fully support the motion to develop and implement stronger regulations/legislation with regard to the keeping and breeding of power breed dogs.”

SPCA

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STRONGER REGULATIONS ARE NEEDED FOR POWER BREEDS

It said while the SPCA movement’s mandate is the prevention of cruelty to animals and promoting good animal care, the SPCA also values human lives.

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“Not only do people suffer from dog attacks, but other animals are also victims and have been mauled to death.

“In many instances, the aggressive animals themselves have also been subjected to extreme abuse and cruelty in the manner in which they are kept, trained, and even killed.”

SPCA

LIVES HAVE BEEN PLACED IN DANGER BY IRRESPONSIBLE PEOPLE

The SPCA furthermore said it is an issue where both human and animal lives have been placed in danger by irresponsible people who lack the skills and knowledge required to handle power breeds.

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According to the SPCA, stronger regulations are needed regarding power breeds.

‘COMPULSORY STERILISATION AND OWNER PERMITS IN ORDER TO KEEP POWER BREEDS’

“The development and implementation of stronger regulations, such as compulsory sterilisation and owner permits in order to keep power breeds, would be a step in the right direction.”

Compulsory sterilisation, at the cost of the owner, would assist in preventing power-breed puppies from being easily accessible to irresponsible people.

Compulsory permitting would assist in being able to hold power-breed owners accountable for their pets.

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