Kuhle and AWS trainee inspector Sivuyile Kilwa. Picture: AWS
Kuhle and AWS trainee inspector Sivuyile Kilwa. Picture: AWS

Manenberg woman served with animal cruelty warning

By Siphokazi Vuso Time of article published Apr 19, 2021

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Cape Town – An elderly Manenberg woman was recently served with a written warning for animal cruelty and neglect after a sick, chained dog was confiscated from her care.

In a statement, the Animal Welfare Society (AWS) South Africa said they received a call from the Animal Welfare Community Champion in Tambo Village, Manenberg, about a sick dog who was cruelly secured by a short chain.

The dog, named Kuhle, was attached to a dangerous metal stake in the ground, and had lost almost all of her fur and appeared to have a severe skin infection.

“Our subsequent investigation, led by Trainee Inspector Sivuyile Kilwa, revealed that she belonged to an elderly lady who claimed that she did not know who to approach for help.

’’She did not argue the fact that Kuhle looked very sick and would have benefited from seeing a vet, but then went on to explain that she cannot afford to take time off work,” AWS said.

Kuhle was confiscated in terms of Regulation 468 of the Animals Protection Act No 71 of 1962 and the incident was reported to SAPS.

Kuhle received treatment for her skin disorder, and for the first time, in a very long time, gets to enjoy the gentle touch of nursing staff determined to transform the timid dog into someone’s beloved companion.

“Kuhle would like to thank everyone who has sent well wishes and donations towards her care. She and her AWS humans are incredibly grateful for your support.

’’Kuhle had the second of her weekly F10 baths, and then spent the afternoon chilling with her hero, Sivuyile,” AWS said.

“This gorgeous girl is in excellent hands and is getting the absolute best care in the world. She has had a treatment of Nexgard and is on a daily regimen of antibiotics and Milkobalm lotion.

“Cases like Kuhle appear to have become the sad norm rather than the tragic exception.”

Police spokesperson Colonel Andrè Traut said Manenberg police were alerted about the possible abuse of an animal and the matter was referred to Animal Welfare.

To report animal cruelty to AWS, contact 021 692 2626 or 082 601 1761 after hours, or email [email protected]

To donate to AWS, visit: https://bit.ly/3tsRVGM

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