National 29.7.2016 11:53 am

Cruelty to animals cases increasing – SPCA

The SPCA had to remove this dachshund's eye as it was badly injured.

The SPCA had to remove this dachshund's eye as it was badly injured.

Alberton SPCA strongly promotes the notion of ‘adopt, don’t shop’.

Alberton SPCA on the East Rand has issued a statement voicing its concern about a rise in cases of animal cruelty.

This after a beautiful dachshund male was found injured recently. The SPCA’s vet had to remove his eye as it was too badly damaged to save, Alberton Record reported.

It could not be confirmed whether this was the result of cruelty or just a normal injury. And now this friendly and loving dog is looking for a new home and is waiting patiently for your call.

“We are an organisation for the prevention of cruelty to all animals and deal with a number of complaints each year. Not only is the SPCA also the municipal pound, but we are responsible for carrying out routine inspections at all the pet shops and grooming parlours in and around Alberton to ensure they adhere to the necessary rules and regulations,” said SPCA’s Vanja Ingold.

“In addition, all security companies who have dogs are also checked regularly thereby trying to ensure no ill treatment of dogs takes place. When the circus is in town we also check on the conditions of the animals in their care,” added Ingold.

Alberton SPCA strongly promotes the notion of “adopt, don’t shop” and encourages members of the public to rather rescue a pet than buy from a pet shop or puppy mill.

“Adopted pets are in no way inferior and we often have pure-bred dogs and cats available for adoption. Why not pay us a visit in Lincoln Road and see for yourself. We’re sure you’ll find a forever friend waiting,” she said.

The SPCA receives no government funding and is totally reliant on the public for support. A request goes out to the community for dry cat pellets, either Whiskers or Friskies, as well as white A4 copy paper and black bin bags. If you can donate or need more information, contact Alberton SPCA on 011 907 1568.

– Caxton News Service

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