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Tin and Trolley Drive

On Saturday the 17th of March, the uMngeni SPCA held their annual Tin and Trolley Drive. This event was exceptionally well run by the Events Group organisers, along with their helpers. There were collection points at both Pick and Pays in Howick, as well as Spar and Woolworths in Hilton.

We would like to extend our gratitude to the public, who never hesitate to make very generous donations of food and money. These will be put to good use at the uMngeni SPCA Kennels, to ensure that our beloved animals receive the care that they deserve.

Sharyn Taylor

PRO uMngeni SPCA 

Calves Tied Down On Bakkie.

On the 15th March Renee Karssing (check spelling on events Comm) observed a bakkie leaving Greendale with calves tied down.

Njabulo Hlongwane responded and stopped them on Main Road.

He informed me that they had 6 calves with the hind and fore limbs tied together with twine.

He was told to bring the bakkie to the SPCA.

Jabulani Mshengu and I inspected the animals and found the manner of transportation and the confinement of the calves unacceptable.

The driver was told that he cannot transport them in the current vehicle and needs to hire a trailer.

The calves were off loaded and housed at the clinic were we have shelter for small livestock.

The driver was issued with a warning and informed that should we find him transporting any livestock in an unsuitable vehicle,

charges in terms of the Animals Protection Act will be laid against him.

At 16.20 a vehicle arrived to fetch the calves, we were informed that they were going to adjust the seats so that they can accommodate the 6 calves.

We asked them if they think we are stupid, there was no way they are going to transport the calves to Impendle in that fancy vehicle.

They will go down the road and transfer the calves back into the bakkie and tie their limbs again. Unless they come with suitable transport,

the calves will not be released.

The calves were fed 2 litres each of calf feed. They were settled in. The one calve decided I was his mother and would not leave me.

When I left he came to the fence and followed bellowing as only calves can do. Once I gave him my fingers he was calm again.

Today that they 2 litres each breakfast and lunch. They not been collected as yet, if they are not we will house them in our isolation block over night as the weather is miserable.

 

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Baboons and Monkeys

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some ways to prevent conflict

  • Don’t feed baboons or primates under any circumstances.
  • Ensure rubbish bins are tamper proof.
  • Erect electric fencing around landfill sites and rubbish dumps.
  • Ensure refuse is removed on a regular basis.
  • Ensure entrances, including windows, to buildings housing food matter are permanently primate proof.
  • Use of scare apparatus could be considered.

 

Ways to reduce injury or damage if you confront a baboon or primate

  • Do not get between it and its escape route.
  • Allow it right of way.
  • Do not challenge it.
  • Don’t maintain eye contact.
  • Don’t panic or run, slowly back off.

 

Baboons and Monkeys

BABOONS & MONKEYS DO NOT MAKE GOOD PETS

The words cute, cuddly, intriguing, funny and interesting will often come to one’s mind when watching baboons and monkeys playing in their ‘natural’ environment.

The words pest, invasion, vermin, vicious and scary come into many people’s minds when they confront the same animals in their gardens, homes or farms.

Why the difference in opinion?

Quite simply put is that both baboons and monkeys in the wild have not become reliant on humans for food and shelter and live a life of contentment, eating from natures food basket.

Once man encroaches upon the environment the space available to wildlife is drastically reduced. Their natural foraging areas and food source is then also diminished and they have to seek such in human settlements. This situation as well as well meaning people feeding them, bring them into direct conflict with humans.

For the most part baboons and monkeys don’t want any involvement with humans and would prefer to just be non-human primates doing non-human primate things. Hunger, thirst and adverse human activities displaces them and they have to seek alternative means to survive.

Along with this goes unnatural behaviour traits such as attacks on humans and pets. Scavenging in refuse bins and in kitchens becomes the norm. If cornered they may display aggressive behaviour towards the threat which is normally a human or his/her pet. Aggressive behaviour could take the form of challenging or even physical attack, which could in most cases have been avoided.

NUISANCE ANIMALS

 

With the recent attack of Nicki Brighton by five dogs, the SPCA has been inundated with calls regarding dogs causing a problem on the road.

The SPCA does not have a mandate to deal with this problem, as it falls within the ambit of the local Municipality. The animals are termed Nuisance animals in the By-Laws.

The SPCA has a Small Animal Pound Agreement with the local Municipality to house and care for stray dogs only, we are paid by the Municipality for this service. This agreement does not include cats as they are difficult to confine. It also does not cover the catching of stray dogs.
Unless a stray is confined the SPCA will not go out, trying to catch a dog running on the road is a waste of time, fuel and vehicle wear and tear.

We work with the Municipality to resolve the issue of problem dogs. The Municipality has to engage with the owner, the animals are either surrended to the SPCA or are housed for a specific period of time, to give the owner the opportunity to mend the fence. The owner is responsible for the Boarding fee.

If you own a dog it is your responsibility to ensure that your property is adequately fenced to keep the animal confined. It should not be able to escape and harass the public. It must also be noted that should a dog attack a person, another dog under control or cause a motor vehicle accident, the owner is responsible for all costs incurred. The Court can also impose a prison sentence or a fine. They can also make an order whereby the owner will not be allowed to own any dog, for a period of time.

As to livestock roaming the street destroying gardens, causing a danger to road users, this is also a matter for the Municipality. Each Municipality should have both a Small and Large Animal Pound, the SPCA cannot assist with the impounding of livestock as we do not have the facilities.

Should you experience a problem with dogs on the road, we suggest that you contact both the Municipality and the SPCA. We can then record the complaint for future reference as in the recent case. The Municipality can be contacted on 033 2399216 email seniorsup.office@umngeni.gov.za

Dudu

 

Dogs in hot cars!

Never leave your dog alone in a hot car.

Dogs suffer and die when their guardians make the mistake of leaving them unattended in a parked car. Parked cars become death traps for dogs. Without proper ventilation, temperatures soon soar in a locked car.

Dogs pant to keep cool and quickly overheat in hot cars when there is no free flow of air. Leaving windows slightly open WILL NOT keep your car cool enough.

Heatstroke can be fatal and develops when dogs are unable to reduce their core body temperature. Symptoms include heavy panting, profuse salivation, rapid pulse, lack of co-ordination, collapse and loss of consciousness.

How hot does it get in a parked car?

The temperatures in this video are quoted in Fahrenheit so do the conversion for equivalent temperatures in South Africa. Divide by 32 to get the temperature in Celsius.

Time is of the essence and can mean the difference between life and death.

It is recommended that the dog undergo a veterinarian evaluation if he/she shows signs of heatstroke. Heatstroke is deadly in dogs!

 

Ticks and fleas and what you may want to know about them.

Ticks and Fleas

 

Quick Facts on Fleas

  • Fleas are small wingless parasites (1 to 4 mm in length).
  • They can jump 6 inches (15 cm) vertically and up to 13 inches (33 cm) horizontally.
  • One flea may lay up to 25 eggs per day.
  • Fleas can only lay eggs after taking a blood meal from their host.
  • The flea life cycle (egg to larvae to pupae to adult) is completed in 18-26 days depending on the temperature.
  • Fleas in the pupae stage can remain dormant for up to 9 months.
  • Common symptoms of a flea infestation include biting or scratching around the tail, groin or back, or the appearance of small scabs or bumps on your pet’s neck or back.
  • To check whether your pet has fleas, check for flea dirt – tiny black specs found on your pet or on its favourite spots.
  • Flea dirt is the adult flea’s faeces which is rich in blood. If it turns red when wetted you have confirmed the presence of fleas on your pet!
  • If you find fleas, you will need to treat your home and pet – ask your vet for advice.
  • Flea bites may cause an allergic reaction in both pets and humans.
  • Flea larvae feed on tapeworm eggs. The eggs continue to mature inside the flea. When the flea matures the pet eats the flea. The tapeworm egg, still living inside the flea, comes to maturity inside the pet’s intestines where it is free to grow and reproduce.
  • Flea-borne Black Death swept across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe in the fourteenth century, killing as much as a third of the world’s population.

Quick Facts on Ticks

  • Ticks are more closely related to spiders (arachnids) than to insects.
  • There are two families of ticks. Soft ticks (Argasidae) and hard ticks (Ixodidae).
  • There are 4 stages of growth in the tick – the egg, the larvae, the nymph and the adult.
  • If not removed, the adult female tick will remain attached for 5-7 days sucking blood from the host. During this time she may become 4 times greater in size and 100 times greater in weight.
  • The female lays as many as 3000 to 4000 eggs.
  • Depending on the type of tick, the cycle from egg to adult may take months or years.
  • Ticks can transmit life-threatening diseases such as tick fever (Babesiosis) and tick bite fever (Ehrlichiosis) to your dog.
  • The best way to remove a tick from a person or a pet, is to grasp the tick firmly with tweezers as close as possible to where it is attached to the skin. Slowly and steadily pull the tick straight up.

Quick Facts on Biting Flies

  • The stable fly (Stomoxys) closely resembles the common house fly (Musca domestica) but they are blood feeders.
  • Stable flies cause considerable injury and irritation to animals and love to attack the ears and noses of dogs.
  • The flies have a sharp mouth part (proboscis) for piercing the skin and drawing blood.
  • Both male and female flies will bite.
  • The female fly needs multiple blood meals before laying her eggs.
  • Breeding mainly occurs during the spring and summer months.
  • In warm weather flies complete their development (egg to larvae to pupae to adult) in a very short period, 7-14 days and produce numerous generations during one season.
  • Dogs should be protected from fly attacks by using a product with fly repellant action.

 

Tips for Responsible Parasiticide Use

  • Various products are available for the control of ticks, fleas and biting flies. Dips, powders, pour-ons, spot-ons, sprays, collars and shampoos may be used.
  • Always read the product instructions carefully and follow them!
  • Preferably wear gloves when applying the product to your pet.
  • Always wash your hands well afterwards.
  • Never use a product on a species other than the one it is registered for. Cats, birds and fish might be more susceptible to toxic effects.
  • Apply the product outside your house.
  • Prevent your pet from ingesting any excess product.
  • Ensure that your pet is completely dry before letting it into the house after application.
  • Don’t sleep with your pet after treating it.
  • Always store products in a cool, dry place out of reach of uninformed people, children and pets.
  • Never use more than one product simultaneously if not advised to do so by your vet.

 

Debbi Wilkinson

Executive Committee Member (secretariat)

Debbi is serving her second year on the committee and her experience within the SPCA is invaluable.

Hilton College Donation

NEWNHAM HOUSE HILTON COLLEGE donated a substantial amount of food and other items such as blankets and toys. We collected the first amount and they kindly brought the balance over 2 days.

A huge THANK YOU to Newnham House for being such AWESOME ANIMAL

WARRIORS and for caring so deeply about animal welfare. The boys did an outstanding job!!

This huge donation has taken a load off our shoulders. Due to their donation we also managed to sterilize some Outreach dogs this morning (see pic enclose).

We are incredibly grateful to these young men who are the caretakers of animals’ in the future.

Our letter of thanks is attached as well.

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