Service Animals

Service Dog

The National Council does not stand opposed to working animals subject to welfare standards being met. These standards include appropriate housing, rest periods, nutrition and health, environmental enrichment and adequate exercise for non-operational dogs and horses as well as the use of humane training methods and equipment.

Dogs Used for Safeguarding

Monitoring, maintaining and improving welfare standards are the main reasons for the NSPCA inspecting dogs used for safeguarding, whilst they are both on and off duty. This includes the general conditions of the dogs, the kennels, transportation, general animal husbandry, training methods and kennel management.

The NSPCA is in communication with SASSETA (South African Safety & Security Training Accreditation) and PSIRA (Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority) to review the current standards on the handling and care of security animals within their service.

The Performing Animals Protection Act No. 24 of 1935 (PAPA) enforces the annual licence applications for the use of dogs for training and safeguarding within the industry, which is obtainable from local magistrates. The Special Projects Unit is responsible for reviewing and reporting back to the Magistrates on these applications on whether the applicants are fit to be using and/or training of dogs for security purposes.

Although the PAPA only makes provision for Private Security services to obtain magisterial licenses and certificates, the South African Police, Law Enforcement, Correctional Services, SA Navy and Defence Force may be excluded from this specific piece of legislation, however the Animals Protection Act No. 71 of 1962 (APA) still applies to them and is enforced where necessary.

When you come across a security company and you are concerned for the wellbeing of the dogs being used, please report it to your local SPCA or email with all the relevant details.