The Inspectorate in action
Inspectors Patrick Chiwawa and Stephanie Fortuin we faced with the grim reality of what can happen to animals when people ignore that fact that they are sentient beings who feel pain.
The saga started in July 2020 when we received a complaint that there are sheep dying on a farm under liquidation in Porterville.
The pictures speak for themselves.
The most common problem our inspectors need to deal with is the chaining of dogs on very short chains.
The Municipal By-Laws require that dogs are kept on ones property. But when one cannot afford a fence they are chained, also mostly to protect the property.
The SPCA in a bid to make life a bit easier for the animal will recommend a runner chain.
Here Inspector Jameson October is dealing with just this problem. The owners are not at home, a warning is left in the postbox and Inspector October will return to check on the wellbeing of the dogs and hopefully to educate the owner on how to care for their animals.
The indiscriminate breeding of animals often overwhelms residents in our communities.
Here Inspector Jameson October removes a female who has just given birth plus another unsterilised female. He will ensure that the male that is left behind is sterilised one way or the other.
We were so loved the delightful and helpful little boys.
SPCA Inspectors are always on the look out for animals who need our help. Here, in the Saldanha Bay Municipality, Inspector Patrick Chiwawa gives advice on how to improve the living conditions for these chickens, one duck and turkeys.
The advice was well taken and work was started immediately to put in place the suggestions made. The correct measure of advice and admonishment is critical.
Keeping our inspectors on the road is vital to the help animals in need.
Members of the public are sometimes not aware that part of an SPCA Inspectors duties is to inspect all establishments that house animals. Hence we schedule pro-active visits to these establishments during the year.
As can be expected we often ruffle feathers in the process. After last years visit to this petting farm the Inspector found that there were new care takers looking after the animals.
Due to the lockdown he could not observe the accessibility or interaction that members of the public would normally have.