A German Shepherd female dog has been found chained to a pole and left to die under a bridge in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal today.
Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) spokesperson Annamarie Koen said a concerned passerby contacted their office and they responded immediately to rescue the scared and hungry dog, Ladysmith Gazette reported.
“It is believed that the animal had been tied up for days with no water and food.
She said the dog was found with a deep cut on its neck.
“The dog was safely removed to the kennels by Annamarie Koen and her brother Jaco Landman of the AACL,” added Koen.
“I can’t believe someone can be so cruel and heartless as to do something like this. We all have a life, no matter if we are human or animal,” she said.
“We are not going to open a case as we haven’t identified the owner of the dog yet but after a week or so the dog will be up for adoption,” said Koen.
The dog was traumatised but now it is calm, Koen said.
In a video posted online, a member of the AACL is seen unchaining the dog from the pole.
In a separate incident, a 40-year-old man allegedly killed his dog by hanging it from a tree in Temba, north of Pretoria in June last year.
The Tshwane SPCA inspector Meshack Matlou said the man alleged the dog had eaten some of his chickens. He then hanged it from a tree at about 11pm.
Matlou said he responded to a complaint by the man’s neighbour, who saw the animal hanging from a tree.
“I contacted the police to escort me in arresting this man. When we arrived, the man admitted that he hung and killed the dog because it ate nine of his chicks as well as the mother hen,” Matlou said.
Matlou said the man thought nothing wrong of his actions because he had become weary of the dog.
“The complainant [Lolo Nkuna] said the suspect recently killed a kitten by throwing it against a wall after it had also eaten one of his chicks,” added Matlou.
Matlou said it was time for people to become better informed about animal cruelty.
– Caxton News Service