The Kempton Park SPCA, on the East Rand has appealed to the public to come fourth with information after three pigs were found dead on the R21 near the OR Tambo International Airport early today.
It is alleged the pigs were killed after apparently falling off a truck, Kempton Express reported.
The SPCA`s Jan du Toit said inspectors received a call shortly after 6am about a pig roaming on the R21 near Voortrekker Road. When they arrived at scene, they found three dead pigs that had been run over by cars.
“One pig (about nine-month-old) was found alive on the highway near Barbara Road and was taken to the SPCA’s premises in Spartan.
“We need witnesses and hopefully a registration number of the vehicle transporting these animals. They were nowhere in sight after the incident. They need to be found, investigated and held accountable,” added Du Toit.
Du Toit said anyone who has information with regards to this incident is urged to contact Kempton Park SPCA on 011-975-6537.
This comes after residents in the Raslouw suburb of Centurion, south of Pretoria, were left shocked when a fully grown pig was “inhumanely” slaughtered in a back garden in February.
Tshwane SPCA inspector Job Masombuka responded to calls from distressed residents that day. One neighbour described the scene as horrifying, as the frightened pig ran for its life while three workers chased it with pickaxes. When Masombuka arrived, reaction officers from different companies were on the scene, along with curious residents. The pig was lying decapitated in a wheelbarrow next to a fire at the back of the property.
The knife used to cut off its head was still sticking out of its neck. The workers told Masombuka they had killed the pig, but could not open the gate for him as they did not have keys. When the home owners arrived, they were shocked to hear that the pig had been killed on their property. The couple, who wanted to stay anonymous, said they had received the pig as a gift from a friend, who sold packaged pork.
“When an animal is slaughtered, proper guidelines need to be followed.
“People needed to inform the department of health as well as the SPCA of their intention to slaughter an animal, like a cow, sheep, or pig. The killing needed to then be conducted safely, correctly, and in such a way that the animal did not suffer, Masombuka said.
– Caxton News Service