"He's just an outside dog!"- News from Samantha

Whether your pet is there to protect your family, be company for the kids and/or a beloved member of the family, you have an obligation to give him the best care possible....there is no such thing as, "Just an outside dog"....he IS a member of your family and you ARE a part of his pack.

Content supplied by Samantha | Veterinary Nutritional Advisor | Vangate branch

Chaining your dog, unsanitary living conditions and inadequate nutritional care are illegal in South Africa as well as in most other parts of the world. You could face a hefty fine and/or jail time of up to 1 year. Do not acquire a pet if you are incapable of looking after it correctly....end of story! 

The Animal Protection Act 71 of 1962 (https://www.gov.za/sites/default/files/gcis_document/201505/act-71-1962.pdf), states, that anyone who fails to comply with the regulations of the Act and it's Bylaws may be subjected to prosecution.

Dogs may not be chained for longer than 1 (one) hour on a chain less than six (6) feet in length.

Cruelty to animals is defined by:

*  Not providing shelter against exposure to heat, cold and rain.

*  Not providing suitable food and water

*  Keeping an animal in a dirty or parasitic condition 

*  Allowing an animal to become infested with external parasites

*  Failing to render or procure veterinary or other medical treatment should the pet become ill.

Dogs that are confined to small areas tend to develop territorial behaviour, such as barking and even biting when strangers enter their territory. Otherwise friendly dogs that are continuously chained can become depressed, lonely, bored and aggressive. Chained dogs run the risk of neck injury and hanging themselves.

To report a case of suspected animal abuse please contact your local authorities or your local SPCA. If you do not have a local SPCA in your area, please contact their offices on 011 907 3590 (Monday-Friday, 08:30 till 16:30) or complete the form on their website. (https://nspca.co.za/report-cruelty/)