I reside in the Fourways area and have recently witnessed disadvantaged people selling puppies on the side of the roads in the Fourways and Northgate area.
The Randburg SPCA informed me that the people selling these puppies are from the Diepsloot squatter camp and are stealing dogs from the surrounding suburbs, breeding them and then selling the offspring.
I understand that these people are trying hard to make a living but the conditions in which they are running this business is appalling.
The puppies that are sold on the side of the road have no shade or shelter, no food and no water!
To add insult to injury, these puppies are riddled with ticks, dehydrated and skinny to the bone.
It is apparent that the people breeding these animals are unlicensed, uneducated and do not have the means to provide for proper breeding of animals.
This is a very clever business though ... it plays with your emotions and makes you buy impulsively at a quick exchange on average of R400-00.
The SPCA are trying to send out a petition urging the public not to buy these puppies as it is supporting this business ... easier said than done ... could you drive pass a person selling a puppy ... knowing that you could have saved it ... could you?
The Metro police are the people that are supposed to help us in situations like this ... but every time I witness this type of business and try to make contact with Metro, their phone just rings.
Luckily the SPCA has an emergency line that has helped me out BUT to only to the best of their capacity.
I managed to save one puppy a few weeks ago ... but that's just one of the hundreds.
Where does one even start with this problem?
Do you target the core and go with the flow ... as in supporting this business as it will happen either way?
Do we educate these people about the correct way of breeding animals and issue them a proper vendor license in which they can proudly sell animals in favorable conditions?
Could we get sponsors to help this business to be conducted in the right way?
Do we offer these people alternative job opportunities so that they don't have to resort to this kind of business?
Or do we create public awareness to not support this business and hope that this business will eventually die out?
The latest news from the SPCA is that they are now selling kittens!
As I am only one person with big dreams and big hopes ... I ask who ever is reading this to please help to put a stop to this or offer me an alternative solution.
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