Paws for thought - with Caroline Smith
Posted on 2018-01-09 06:19:08
It may surprise you to hear that our staff are often on the receiving end of the most vicious verbal attacks, aggression and threats of physical violence from members of the public.
Together with the horror of being exposed to unimaginable acts of animal cruelty and the sad reality of humane euthanasia, this treatment towards people whose overriding motivation is to help animals, can be soul destroying. Staff can easily feel that their efforts are not making a difference to the never ending cruelty cases and deluge of unwanted animals.
That’s why I want to offer my heartfelt gratitude and express great pride in our staff, for their strength, determination, and commitment to pulling together as a team. Our Inspectorate Department is at the core of our voice for abused and neglected animals, enforcing the Animals Protection Act (APA) and pressing charges against those guilty of cruelty.
However, the challenges of bringing cases to court cannot be over emphasised. Imagine the frustration of having to deal with hundreds of SAPS branches and nine different courts in our area of operation . . . and a criminal investigation ad court system that sees animal cruelty as low priority.
The process of enforcing the APA must be followed to the letter – investigating, educating, issuing written warnings and following up, obtaining seizure warrants through the courts, compiling dockets with detailed evidence, witness statements and veterinary reports.
Without a shadow of a doubt, the efficiency and tenacity of our Inspectors and their Managers, Jay Metedad and Senior Inspector Candice Sadayan, is responsible for our six successful convictions last year, which resulted in criminal records for the perpetrators.
Thank you also to our members, donors and volunteers for your support, which enables our organisation to remain steadfast in its efforts to combat animal cruelty. We are honoured that you have chosen to support our SPCA and to be the voice for helpless animals.