Life on a chain is no life at all yet the Animal Welfare Society of SA still sees so many dogs and puppies being admitted with gruesome chain injuries.
This year alone the Animal Welfare Society of SA have had to surgically remove rusty, heavy-linked chains and a variety of make-shift and even store-bought collars from dogs and puppies who had outgrown them or injured themselves trying to break free.
Most of these injuries go unnoticed by these cruel owners who persist in tying up their dogs for some of the most arbitrary reasons imaginable.
It is only when the poor dog stops eating and drinking, or is unable to breathe or bark, and in the most severe cases, when the owner cannot stand the smell of rotting flesh that someone takes an interest.
Some owners are so repulsed by the consequences of their actions that they are in complete denial and openly lie about how the dog or puppy sustained the injuries. None of them show any remorse. All they want to know is how much it is going to cost to “fix” the dog.
This cruelty has to stop!
Almost all of the animals that perish in fires in informal settlements were either tethered on short chains or confined to cramped cages leaving them no means of escape. Being burnt alive or dying of toxic smoke inhalation is an inevitability – unless we choose to act.
“We are their salvation and we are determined to see them roam free,” says the Animal Welfare Society.
They need you to be their eyes and ears. The Animal Welfare Society asks that you as the public please report all acts of animal cruelty to their Inspectorate on (021) 692 2626 during office hours or 082 601 1761 after hours.