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Keeping animals safe in the cold

The NCSPCA says animal owners should take extra care of pets and livestock during the cold spell.

The NCSPCA says animal owners should take extra care of pets and livestock during the cold spell. Picture: @SnowReportSA.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Council of SPCAs has issued a warning to animal owners amidst the worsening weather conditions across the country.

This week, much of the country has been hit by a severe cold front, with today dubbed the first day of winter in Gauteng and parts of the Western Cape covered in snow.

The organisation says all animals are affected by harsh weather conditions and extra steps need to be taken to ensure their safety, urging everyone to be vigilant and to undertake special care of their animals.

"Feed is of great importance, especially to farm and wild animals if snow or flooding have compromised the availability of grazing. Supplementary feed must be provided if natural food is unobtainable."

The SPCA says all animals should also be given easy access to water and sick, weak or injured animals should be given better shelter during extreme weather conditions.

"The public is asked to be extremely cautious as tragedies have occurred in the past such as a small animal seeking warmth, finding its way under a vehicle engine and losing its life," the organisation says.

"Check under vehicles and inside engines, if need be, to avoid tragedies of this nature."

Anyone involved in or aware of incidents involving animals should report to the nearest SPCA.

For more information, visit their website here.