Carthorse Protection Association

Uitsig Animal Rescue Centre main concern is for all animals to be treated humanely with consideration and care for their welfare and well-being.  We endeavor to assist wherever possible, whether for those at the center or in the community and we understand the difficulty knowing when or how someone should report abuse.

Having horses at the center that have ended up with us through no fault of their own other than circumstance we thought the public may appreciate knowing how and what is termed as abuse for those animals who are still working out in the field, or on the roads, below is an article from the Carthorse Protection Association giving insight into what should be looked for and what to do should you feel that something is not as it should be.

Cart Horse Abuse can be classified as one of the following: overloading, whipping, untreated injuries/lame horse, horses in terrible condition (eg: underweight) reckless driving, ill-fitting harnesses or the horse needs new shoes.

Overloading – It is best to look at the horse and judge whether the horse appears to be straining against the weight of the cart, if the horse looks tired or the drivers need to go to extra measures in order to get the horse to move forward, then you know there is a problem. Sometimes carts are packed high but with light materials, and sometimes there are only 3 items on the cart but they may be solid and heavy. So always best to look at the horse first.

Whipping – Please ALWAYS report whipping. There is no need for the cart horse drivers to ever whip their horses.

Injury/lame/bad condition – If you see a cart horse who appears to be in terrible condition, lame (limping) or has an injury which looks untreated, please call us immediately.

Reckless driving – Cart horse drivers should follow all the rules of the road. Please report reckless driving where the well-being of the horse is put at risk.

Ill-fitting harnesses/shoes – Check for badly fitted, damaged or broken harnesses which could be hurting the horse. Horses with loose shoes or hooves that require attention should also be reported.

These are the best details to keep an eye out for when reporting a case of abuse:

  • Colour of horse & name or ID number
  • Any distinctive markings on the horse such as a blaze, a star, white socks
  • How many men are on the cart
  • What colour tshirts are the men wearing, are they wearing anything distinctive such as hats or beanies
  • On what road did you see the horse and in which direction was the horse going
  • What is the closest intersection

Other information: If you are reporting a case of abuse, don’t let the cart horse drivers know. Once they suspect you have reported them, they are adept in disappearing down side roads so that the inspectors or CIDs will not find them.

If there is any chance you are able to take a picture – PLEASE DO! Pictures of abuse are invaluable when it comes to court cases and a history of abuse would just make our case stronger. Also a picture says a thousand words. With one picture – Cart Horse Protection will know who the horse is, who the horse’s owner is and who the drivers are.

In terms of the Animal By Law there is no legal age specified to drive a cart. The Road Traffic Act also has no age specified but it does say that the animal drawn vehicle has to be operated by a competent driver. This is something that we need to change in the By Law. We are not issuing E53 permits to anyone under the age of 16 years.

If you do see a horse that looks like the driver is not controlling properly, please send us the ID# and we will contact the owner to find out more about the driver.

Reporting (please always call the emergency cellphone number first, if that is unavailable then move down the list):

  1. Call or SMS 082 6 599 599
  2. Call 021 535 3435
  3. Call 082 6 566 599
  4. Email all the information to veterinarychpa@gmail.com

Facebook should be your last option in a case of abuse as those working at the association are not always online so might only view your comment hours after it was posted.

Aside from the above, if you see anything at all that makes you uncomfortable or doesn’t feel right – please call us. We are always happy to chat to cart horse supporters!

Please note that we only work within the provisions of the Animal Protection Act and we cannot respond to calls for dumping. This has to be handled by law enforcement. People can report dumping to 021 596 1999. Taking photo’s when the dumping is taking place is always helpful and is evidence.

Dog Fighting

“Remaining silent kills innocent victims and increases the battle for the others to survive.  Don’t allow this to happen to another innocent animal.  They deserve better than that.  Give them a voice to end their suffering”

Dog Fighting

Signs of Dog Fighting

  • Multiple dogs at one location and chained separately.
  • The dogs seem unsocial and are never in contact with one another
  • Dogs with large heavy chains around their neck.  This strengthens the neck and upper body for the dog to be stronger in a fight
  • Dogs with excessive scarring or wounds on their bodies, faces and limbs.  Front canine teeth missing.  This dogs are used as practice dogs for champion fighters
  • Unusual number of people coming and going at odd hours, often with dogs
  • Cheers or crowd noise coming from the location but no barking or growling.  Dogs are generally deadly silent during a dogfight.
  • Home made treadmills for conditioning the dogs
  • Break sticks (often the handle of a broom or a hammer that is flattened at one end.  These are used for breaking the dogs apart
  • Poles used to run the dogs in circles
  • Large water buckets for washing both dogs down so owners cannot put toxins on the dogs before a fight.

Please be a voice for the victims

Information taken from

http://www.facebook.com/AntiDogFightingCampaign

If you suspect your dog is Stolen (NAWTT)

If you suspect that your pet could have been stolen from your home, please do the following to assist us to help you find them.

Please go directly to your nearest police station for a statement of theft and case number

If you experience any problems with the police taking down the case, please contact me, Santa Lourens 082 5687343 directly from the station so that I can speak to the Officer in Charge

Please use this report as a guideline for information needed to report the case and send me the case number, completed report and photographs

Stolen Dog Awareness

Please assist us with creating awareness of the public

· To keep their dogs at the back of the house, not in the front for they could easily be poisoned or be stolen

· To MICRO CHIP their dogs

· To be aware of any strange vehicles, people or children in their neighbourhood

· To report it to their security infrastructure in their area to keep a close eye on these intruders

· Distribute pamphlets and advertise on Notice Boards, at Vets, Animal Rescue and Welfare organisations and schools, any organisation that is willing to assist with the awareness and to locate your dog.

· Place a board on your front lawn showing that your dog is missing in case your neighbours or passer bys have seen something

· Do not put awareness on notice boards on your lost/stolen dogs photo and contact number

· Distribute awareness pamphlets in post boxes of your area and also vets, organisations, security companies and neighbourhood watches in the areas.

· Never put up a reward amount, for this will put you in danger for criminal actions

National Animal Welfare Task Team – RSA

In affiliation with the SA Police

Co Registration NR: 2012/158300/08

STOLEN DOG report as a THEFT CASE to the department

WYNBERG DETECTIVES Investigation officer: CAPT WILLIAM DREYER

NAWTT leader / manager: MARIETTE HOPLEY 083 2545523

NAWTT – RSA Coordinator & Data Administrator: Santa Lourens 082 568 7343

INTERPOL: Lt Col Anso Van Deventer

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/NationalAnimalWelfareTaskTeam

If you suspect your dog is stolen – report form to be completed (NAWTT)

REPORT as THEFT CASE

To DEPARTMENT WYNBERG DETECTIVES

SA Police INVESTIGATION OFFICER CAPT WILLIAM DRYER

NAWTT – RSA Leader / Manager MARIETTE HOPLEY O832545523

NAWTT – RSA Coordinator & Data Administrator SANTA LOURENS 0825687343

SUSPECT that DOG has been STOLEN YES OR NO

SA POLICE CASE NUMBER

SA POLICE OFFICE ADDRESS

SA POLICE OFFICE CONTACT NUMBER

SA POLICE OFFICER ADMINISTRATE the CASE NR

DATE – CASE REPORT

DATE – DOG BEEN STOLEN

TIME – DOG BEEN STOLEN

DESCRIPTION OF THEFT (how the dog was stolen – eg, fence cut, gate lock broken, gate open, gate lifted, dog taken over the fence etc)

IS THE DOG MICROCHIPPED YES OR NO

MICRO CHIP NO OF STOLEN DOG

SEX OF STOLEN DOG MALE OR FEMALE

IS THE DOG STERILIZED YES OR NO

AGE OF DOG

BREED OF STOLEN DOG (registered boerboel, boerboel X, the same specifications if other dog breeds)

STUD NAME OF REGISTERED STOLEN DOG

STOLEN DOG NAME

DESCRIPTION OF STOLEN DOG (distinctive characteristics, operations and injuries)

ANY EYE WITNESSES (see or hear anything by neighbours, workers etc) YES OR NO

DESCRIPTION OF CASE FROM EYE WITNESS

REMARKS on STOLEN DOG (anything regarding the theft)

OWNER OF STOLEN DOGS SURNAME

OWNER OF STOLEN DOGS NAME

OWNER OF STOLEN DOGS INITIALS

OWNER OF STOLEN DOGS ID NUMBER

OWNER OF STOLEN DOGS CONTACT NO 1

OWNER OF STOLEN DOGS CONTACT NO 2

OWNER OF STOLEN DOGS CONTACT NO 3

OWNER OF STOLEN DOGS EMAILS ADDRESS

OWNER OF STOLEN DOGS RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS

REMARKS ON STOLEN DOG

NAME OF VET

ADDRESS OF VET

NAME OF DOGGY PALE

ADDRESS OF DOGGY PALE

PHOTO OF STOLEN DOG 1

PHOTO OF STOLEN DOG 2

PHOTO OF STOLEN DOG 3

STOLEN DOG FOUND

DETAIL INFORMATION ON STOLEN DOG FOUND (anything regarding the theft)

TAKE FORM THROUGH FOR COMPLETING AND THEN SEND COPY TO NAWTT

Animal Street Trading – Road Side Animal Selling – (AACL)

With the holiday season fast approaching and the city abuzz, it is noticed that there is a substantial increase being received in complaints regarding the Sale of puppies and other small animals at the road side.

According to the Animal By-Laws, any person dealing in the sale of animals must have a permit.

All too often the people we encounter selling the animals are not permitted to do so and the animals for sale are in poor health and neglected.

The AACL is opposed to any animal being sold at the roadside and they are appealing to all Capetonians to be vigilant and to assist us in trying to control this problem. Should a member of the public come across an individual selling puppies or any small animals, we ask you to contact Law Enforcement on 021 596 1999.

We plead with the public NOT TO PURCHASE the animal but rather to distract the seller and keep him/her occupied until Law Enforcement arrives. If you are unable to stop, ensure that you get the exact location of where the sales are taking place and contact Law Enforcement with the relevant details.

REMEMBER by buying an animal at the roadside you are creating a market – after all, it is all about supply and demand! You may be saving one animal today, but by tomorrow there will be two more being sold in its place… Contact: Law Enforcement 021 596 1999.