The Empangeni SPCA in KwaZulu-Natal will tomorrow take legal action against a man who reportedly transported two greyhounds in the boot of his car.
“We are busy with the docket and will certainly open a case of animal cruelty soon. We cannot tolerate incidents like these,” SPCA senior inspector Roland Fivaz said yesterday, Zululand Observer reported.
A private security company’s personnel noticed the man pulling off on the side of the road to examine the dogs “that were clearly in agony”.
He approached the man and advised him to take the animals to the vet. The animals were rushed to the Empangeni Veterinary Hospital where one was declared dead due to heatstroke shortly after arrival.
“The other dog was cooled down, sedated and placed on a drip,” Fivaz said.
Veterinarian Geoff Fourie believe the three-year-old dog has a slim chance of surviving. It has suffered extensive brain and kidney damage. However, Fivaz said the surviving dog is eating and drinking but is very quiet.
“We are examining if it has permanent brain damage after it suffered heatstroke.”
The owner of the dogs will face charges of animal cruelty.
In another incident a 20-year-old man was denied bail after allegedly raping and in the process killed a dog in Doornkop, Mpumalanga, on the weekend.
He was arrested under the Animal Protection Act for bestiality and torturing of an animal after a four month-old puppy was found dead at a house.
– Caxton News Service