The Animal Welfare Society of SA urges the public to please refrain from trying to neuter or castrate their own pets. Over the past few months, the shelter has treated and saved a worrying number of adult male dogs with severe trauma to their testicles caused by rubber bands, cable ties and wire tied tightly around their testicles.
This unlawful practice causes a great amount of pain and suffering to the dog and it is not uncommon for dogs in extreme agony to resort to destructive self-mutilation.
The most recent patient was a 1-year-old, black and white “Labby Cross” named Hulk who was admitted by his owner in extreme pain. Someone tied a thick rubber band and nylon cord around his testicles, causing them to fall off with catastrophic secondary injuries including an exposed spermatic cord and blood vessels.
The wound had been licked clean and there were signs that Hulk, who obviously could no longer endure the pain had started to chew away at the wound in a feeble attempt to rid himself of the painful garrotte.
The Animal Welfare estimates that young Hulk had been suffering for a week before the owner sought for their help and there is not doubt that he would have died a slow, but agonising death without professional veterinary care.
As is almost always the case, the owner emphatically denied any knowledge of how Hulk sustained these injuries leaving it up to the Inspectors to investigate and bring the perpetrators to book.
Neutering is a major operation that requires general anaesthesia and should never be done by an unqualified person.
Please report all acts or suspicions of animal cruelty to the Inspectorate on:
Phone: (021) 692 2626
Email: [email protected]