Animal cruelty needs to stop

World Animal Day was recently celebrated on 4 October. With that in mind, we should all do our best in order to put an end to animal cruelty.

Thousands of animals are mistreated, abused and neglected on a daily basis.

It’s up to each and every one of us to do our bit and report such cases. An animal’s life could depend on it.

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Here are a few tips we can all practice to stop animal cruelty:

  1. Report animal cruelty: Most large municipalities have a local animal control department, animal shelter or humane society. According to the National Council of SPCAs, you can look out for the welfare of animals by reporting animal cruelty or an animal in distress to your nearest SPCA.
  2. Document the details: When making the call, ensure that the officer is given as much detail as possible about the case. This includes the date and time, location and descriptions of the people and animals involved.
  3. A lot of people don’t physically lay their hands on their dog to hurt them but neglect is just as bad. Signs of neglect include injuries or illnesses that linger untreated, poor living conditions (including filth and dangerous objects near the dog and being left outside in bad weather), bones being visible through the skin, and extremely poor grooming.
  • Dogs that are chained for numerous days can cause a major threat to their life. They are most likely to die from starvation, dehydration or hypothermia, since their confinement renders them especially vulnerable and helpless.
  • Animals without shelter in extreme heat or cold.
  • Some dogs bark and whine to express their anxiety when they are left alone, but a dog that is howling for more than a day is a clear indication that he’s not being attended to.
  • Too many animals living on one property. This can be a sign of animal hoarding.


The only way we can truly put a stop to cruelty to animals is if we are all vigilant and willing to do our part. To learn more about protecting our animals, visit the Highveld Ridge SPCA Facebook page:



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