Dog fighting is a problem that has become more prominent in the Western Cape, and this is incredibly cruel to dogs that are forced into such a lifestyle.
“Everything about dog fighting is cruel – the breeding, the training and ultimately the fight for victory in the face of severe and traumatic injury,” the Cape of Goodhope SPCA said. “These dogs live terrible lives of confinement and isolation with their only interactions with humans and other animals taking place when they are either fighting or being trained to do so.”
The horror of a dog fight in progress is difficult to explain and resulting injuries often go untreated.
“Their lives are essentially loneliness, pain and torment. In addition to this, children are regularly either incidental or intentional spectators to a fight in progress and their routine exposure to this unfettered violence leads to a generation of children lacking in empathy,” the animal organisation said.
The CoGH SPCA received a tip-off and photographic evidence of three individuals fighting two dogs on a Firgrove veld. A third dog was seen waiting on the sideline.
“Our Inspectorate immediately obtained a court order from the Somerset West Magistrates Court to confiscate the dogs involved. Fortunately we were able to trace an address and confiscate one of the dogs. She is now safely in our care. We are still looking for the other two dogs and will not give up until we find them,” the organisation said.
“We are calling on the public to please report dog fighting matters directly to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA by calling our Inspectorate on 083 326 1604. We give our assurance that all details will be kept confidential and we will never reveal the details of our complainants.”