Over 150 exotic animals were seized by the Randburg SPCA Inspectorate from an “unkempt and incredibly cluttered” premises in Emmarentia on Sunday, November 14. Animals were found stacked on top of each other in terrifying conditions.

The Randburg SPCA Inspectorate had received a tip off alleging that there were a large number of exotic animals kept upon the premises. Upon arrival, they were shocked at what they found.

“Parrots could be heard inside the house and empty glass animal containers lined the outside of the dwelling,” said the SPCA in a statement.

“Inspector Shiven Bodasing and Inspector Bradley Hughes proceeded to engage with the owner of the premises, as soon as the front door opened, the hearts of both inspectors sank. They observed horrific conditions. Dozens of Chinchillas were seen stacked on top of each other, in utter darkness and the stench of ammonia, nearly knocked both inspectors off their feet.”

The inspectors, together with members of the Parkview SAPS Crime Prevention unit and additional volunteers quickly sprung to action to remove all the animals.

“The premises was opened and searched, a new horror was discovered around every corner. The animals were suffering. Among the Chinchillas, Hamsters, Rats, Mice, Parrots, Gerbils, Guinea Pigs, Rabbits, a Red-Eared Slider, and a Boa was Seized by the Randburg SPCA Inspectorate. The air in the house was so volatile that all the members were either coughing, sneezing or gagging,” said the SPCA.

“The moment you disregard and dismiss the needs of the animals in your possession on the basis that, those needs are contrary to and inconvenience your wishes, you have failed at pet ownership. What you want, and what the animals require may be irreconcilable. Do not keep animals for the sake of having them, it is your responsibility to ensure they have quality of life,” said Inspector S Bodasing, Head of Inspectorate.

It took hours to remove the “petrified and neglected” animals from the premises. Unfortunately, some animals had already died. Criminal charges are soon to follow.

“We are grateful to the complainant for her determination and willingness to assist, she is the true hero, without her those animals would have suffered in silence,” added the SPCA.

“The animals are currently housed at the Randburg SPCA, and we are appealing to members of the public to assist us with regards to their upkeep. We would greatly appreciate donations of: Lucerne, fruit and veg, Chinchilla bathing sand and Parrot seed.”

If you are in a position to help, please contact the Head of Inspectorate at: [email protected] or 08340135042

Picture/s: Facebook / SPCA Randburg

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