Over the past six to eight months, the organisations have noticed a spike in dog theft, which they ascribe to the bad economic times, leading people to employ desperate measures to acquire an income.
Spokesperson for Cape of Goodhope SPCA Tara McGovern, said there had been an influx to its centre of rescued dogs stolen in the past six to eight months.
Animal Welfare Society (AWS) spokesperson Allan Perrins said there was a big demand for puppies in Cape Town and a number of incidents where street vendors were apprehended for selling animals.
“People are tempted to buy these animals on the street because they think they are doing a good thing. However, they are indirectly promoting the demand in this illegal market,” said Perrins.