The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) welcomes criminal charges that were laid by the Midrand SPCA against 7 Arrows Security and Canine Solutions for cruelty to animals following the discovery of a dead security dog on a site of 7 Arrows Security.
The deceased dog was found to be in an extremely poor condition.
The NSPCA is in possession of post mortem and veterinary reports and it is clear that the dog suffered immensely and did not die quickly. The dog suffered from severe pneumonia.
This is not the first time that SPCA Inspectors have encountered animal welfare concerns at security companies that make use of dogs owned by Canine Solutions. Canine Solutions own security dogs that are rented out to various security companies throughout South Africa.
Earlier this year the Bloemfontein SPCA confiscated 13 dogs, owned by Canine Solutions, from a security company. The dogs were found to be living in extremely poor and dirty conditions. The Bloemfontein SPCA laid criminal charges of animal cruelty against the companies. These charges are still pending.
Following the discovery of the dead dog on their premises, 7 Arrows Security publicly stated that they would donate R20,000 to the Midrand SPCA to undertake regular inspections. While it is the mandate of the SPCA movement to conduct proactive inspections to ensure that the welfare of service animals is not compromised, it is stressed that the responsibility for the well being of animals in their care lies with security companies. 7 Arrows Security is, of course, free to financially support whoever they wish.
The NSPCA is opposed to any practice where animals are exposed to unnecessary suffering and calls upon members of the public to report animal neglect and abuse.
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