On 30 March, in two separate incidents, City Law Enforcement officers were called upon to intervene and protect a dog and a bird who found themselves in distressing situations.

On the R300 close to Heinz Park, Law Enforcement officers observed a group of youths involved in a dog fight. The officers stopped and the one suspect and his dog managed to make a quick getaway. The other suspect involved in the dog fight did not manage to get away from the scene and was considered by the officers to have diminished responsibility in terms of the incident. His mother was issued with a fine of R2 500 and the dog, which was a Pittbull breed, was impounded. The dog sustained minor injuries from the fight but will receive medical care.

Later on, the N7 towards Atlantis, officers spotted Nature Conservation officials trying to capture a Pelican which had brought the N7 to a practical standstill. The officers managed to safely capture the feisty bird whose beak threatened to send a serious message to anyone who got too close.

The Animal Unit also held a joint operation with the SPCA in Klipheuwel Informal Settlement.

15 Dogs were surrendered by their owners.
2 Cats and 2 dogs were taken for sterilization.
2 Dogs were impounded due to reported dog attack cases.

In Langa 2 dogs were impounded and a third dog was impounded for a dog fight complaint. A R2500 fine was issued for this incident.

Picture: Supplied/City of Cape Town

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