WC sees increase in dog fights

Western Cape’s SPCA says it’s alarmed that some youth are actively involved in dog-fighting.

Western Cape’s SPCA says it’s alarmed that some youth are actively involved in dog-fighting. Picture: Sxc.hu.

CAPE TOWN - The Cape of Good Hope Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) said on Tuesday it was alarming that youth get involved in dog-fighting.

On Friday last week, seven boys aged between 11 and 14, were apprehended in Muizenberg and taken into police custody after they were allegedly caught arranging a dog fight.

Two Pit Bulls and a German Shepherd were rescued.

Two of the dogs suffered minor injuries, but the third had been severely bitten in the neck muzzle.

The SPCA's Lisa Marie Greeff-Vilet said they were seeing a marked increase in dog-fighting.

"We have an education team that goes out to schools in the area and try to ensure that children are, at a very young age, taught to have respect for animals. It's so discouraging to see children partake in such activities."

She said the impact of dog-fighting goes much further than injuries.

"Its absolute cruelty what these animals endure and the behavioural impact is also so sad. Other than that you'll find a lot of uncontrolled breeding in the Cape areas and very often these puppies are kept in conditions that are not suitable."

The organisation said on Monday additional animal cruelty charges will be laid against the boys under the Animal Protection Act.