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The Cape of Good Hope SPCA is currently investigating a case of ear maiming (cropping) and are appealing to the public for assistance with any information.
According to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, Chantel Natalie August shared a post on a Facebook group called Cape Town Pitbulls of a puppy whose ears had been maimed (cropped).
“Maiming an animal is a contravention in terms of the Animals Protection Act No 71 of 1962, as amended. Any person, including veterinarians, can be criminally charged for maiming an animal,” says NSPCA.
“The SPCA is opposed to the unnecessary mutilation of animals: – for cosmetic, sporting, entertainment or convenience purposes – including but not limited to tail-docking, ear-cropping, de-barking, de-clawing, myotomy and dubbing,” the NSPCA adds.
In the photos shown above, it’s evident how the puppy has both its ears intact and in other photos, the ears have been maimed. If anyone has any information that may assist with the investigation, please contact the Cape of Good Hope SPCA on 021 700 4158/9 or send an email to [email protected]