First on EWN: US breeder cries foul after Boerboel deal goes awry
A US breeder claims 6 dogs were sent without the paperwork & arrived sick & severely traumatised.
JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News has learnt that a governmental investigation has been launched into the alleged illegal shipping of Boerboel dogs from South Africa to America, following a R200,000 deal that has left a US breeder fuming.
The American breeder claims six dogs were sent without the required paperwork and arrived sick and severely traumatised.
A well-known local breeder has been pulled into the scandal and is yet to respond comprehensively to the allegations.
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, along with the South African Boerboel Breeders' Society (SABBS), are responsible for regulations governing the selling and export of Boerboel dogs.
US breeder Paul Riebe says he's been swindled by the South African dog breeder.
"They were left over dogs, he wanted nothing to do with them and then he found me. He turned around and that is what he sold me."
Riebe says the dogs he received were in a terrible condition.
"You can't get near the dogs, you can't touch the dogs. If you touch the dogs they pee all over themselves. The dogs were like wild animals."
The department's registrar of animal protection Joel Mamabolo says the complaint is being investigated.
"We also did some investigations and the case will be opened at the police station."
SABBS has moved to defend the breeder and has questioned the legitimacy of the complaint.
The breeder, who is known to Eyewitness News , has elected not to respond to the claims at this stage.