Kuhle the dog was taken to the Animal Welfare Society for treatment after suffering terrible neglect.
- The Animal Welfare Society has served a woman from
Manenberg with a final written warning for animal cruelty.
- The woman did not argue when she was told the dog
looked very sick and needed to see a vet.
- The dog, Kuhle, is currently on strong antibiotics
to help her severely compromised immune system.
The Animal Welfare Society (AWS) of South Africa
has served an “elderly” woman from Manenberg with a final written
warning for animal cruelty after chaining her dog to a dangerous metal stake.
On 9 April, AWS responded to a call from the Animal
Welfare Community Champion in Tambo Street, Manenberg, where a chain had
secured a sick dog.
“Our subsequent investigation, led by trainee inspector
Sivuyile Kilwa and chief inspector Mark Levendal, revealed that the dog
belonged to an elderly lady who claimed that she did not know who to approach
for help,” said AWS spokesperson Allan Perrins.
Kuhle the dog was chained to a dangerous metal stake in the ground by her owner before being rescued.
He said the woman did not argue when told the dog
looked very sick and would have benefitted from seeing a vet.
She had said that she could not afford to take time
off from work to take the dog to the vet.
According to AWS, the dog named Kuhle was chained to
a dangerous metal stake in the ground, had lost almost all her fur, and
appeared to have a severe skin infection.
They then took her in for extensive treatment.
Perrins said that Kuhle was currently on strong
antibiotics to help her severely compromised immune system.
Kuhle the dog was taken in by the Animal Welfare Society for treatment and rehabilitation after suffering terrible neglect.
“She’s being fed a diet of premium pet food to
help build her strength and improve her overall condition.
“Thanks to generous donations from F10 and
Regal Pet Health, she is being bathed twice a week and receiving topical
treatments to help clear up her mange infestation,” he said.
Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said that
Manenberg police had been alerted about the possible abuse of the dog. However,
they had not opened a case.
They had referred the matter to AWS.
Kuhle with an Animal Welfare Society worker after being rescued.
Levendal said they had decided not to pursue
criminal charges against the owner, because she had surrendered the dog to them
and had agreed that they could inspect her property to ensure that she complied
with the warning.
“In our opinion, she is clearly unfit to own
any pets, so our number one priority was to extricate Kuhle and, very
importantly, ensure that there was no possibility of her ever going back,”
“Kuhle still has a very long way to go, but
her progress has been heartening, and we look forward to finding her a loving
forever home as soon as she has fully recovered.”