SPCA ‘overwhelmed’ as owners surrender Pitbulls in numbers

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Due to the exponential amount of exposure regarding the spate of Pitbull attacks especially on children, SPCAs around the country are reportedly overwhelmed as the vicious dogs are being surrendered in large numbers. 

This comes after a 15-month-old toddler was mauled to death by his neighbour’s Pitbull in Cambridge, East London. This follows another incident where three Pitbulls were stoned, stabbed and burnt to death after attacking a young girl.

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OWNERS SURRENDER PITBULLS TO SPCA 

The National Council of SPCAs says it is facing the difficult task of dealing with the aftermath of these tragic attacks especially in communities where owners have not surrendered their Pitbulls. Communities are reportedly beginning to take matters into their own hands. Animals are being poisoned, stabbed, beaten, and set alight in retaliation from angry communities. 

The NSPCA said it is concerned by the increase in the number of aggressive dogs being surrendered to SPCAs across South Africa and the effect this will have on SPCAs (especially the smaller societies operating in outlying areas) as well as what will happen in the areas where there are no SPCAs. 

The SPCA said it does not receive funding from the Government. In addition to the work that SPCAs are already providing to their communities on limited resources, they said they are faced with dealing with the issue alone as well. 

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Some Pitbulls were allegedly stoned and burnt to death by angry community members. Image: Cape of Good Hope SPCA.

“The NSPCA has formally addressed the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, to enquire what their plan and strategy to address this national issue is, given that this is their responsibility. 

“There is an urgent need for Government intervention with regard to this issue, failing which humans and animals could be harmed at an even greater scale.”

NSPCA

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