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Dog fighting: Dogs tortured

Welfare organisations say dogs stolen for fighting purposes endure torture and suffering before they die.

This dog was rescued after being stolen by alleged dog smugglers. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Two Cape Town based animal welfare organisations say pets that are stolen for dog fighting purposes endure torture and suffering before they die.

The organisations, which are aided by the police, rescued three dogs believed to be destined for Angola where they'd be used for fighting purposes.

They say the dogs are crammed into containers that are way too small and that's where they stay for days at a time, unable to move.

While being transported through South Africa, into Namibia and then Angola, they aren't fed or even given water.

Sometimes they are temporarily lulled out of their misery when they are given a shot of drugs to keep them quiet as not to arouse suspicion at border posts.

If the canines survive the trip, they are thrown into dog fighting rings and will only be put out of their misery after their third fight in the ring.

They seldom survive beyond that.

STOLEN DOGS RESCUED

Three dogs, saved from an alleged dog fighting syndicate are recovering at a shelter after the Animal Welfare Task Team and police stopped a truck on the N1 near the Stellenbosch offramp on Thursday when one truck was seen transferring dogs to another.

The Animal Anti-Cruelty League is appealing to the public to be on the lookout for a white Volvo truck that may be transporting stolen dogs.

A member of the public informed officials that dogs were being exchanged in crates between the two trucks at a garage.

While three canines were saved, it is believed a dozen more dogs are in the truck en route to Namibia or Mpumalanga.

In September, an Eyewitness News investigation lifted the lid on dog fighting which is widespread throughout the country.