SABBS defends local Boerboel breeder in export spat
A local breeder has been accused of illegally shipping six dogs to the United States in a poor condition.
JOHANNESBURG - The South African Boerboel Breeders' Society (SABBS) says it stands by one of its members who has been accused of illegally shipping six dogs to the United States.
An investigation is now underway following a complaint by an American breeder, who says he received the dogs which he paid R200,000 for, without the required paperwork.
The breeder, Paul Riebe, claims the dogs he bought had been mistreated and he wants his money back.
"I want the $13,000 to be put back into my bank account."
Vice chairman of the SABBC Koos van der Westhuizen, says he finds the accusations against the local breeder difficult to believe.
"The breeder has more than enough money to take care of his dogs properly and I have never seen any of his dogs being mistreated."
But 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 are like wild animals."
Van der Westhuizen says it's not unusual for permits for the shipment of dogs to be delayed.
"I was told that he did apply for a permit and keep in mind that permits don't always arrive on time. Flights are booked and costs pile up."
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Joel Mamabolo says the allegations are serious.
"This has serious implications as it damages our reputation as a country. We cannot send animals out of our country at this standard."
The breeder, who is known to Eyewitness News , has elected not to respond to the claims at this stage.