Article obtained from www.news24.com - Feb 24, 2009Mia Willemse
Animal rescue organisation Wetnose has removed 74 dogs from a breeder in Pretoria North, saying the dogs were kept in "horrific conditions".
Pretoria - The animal rescue organisation Wetnose on Monday removed 74 dogs from a breeder in Pretoria North, saying they were kept in horrific conditions.
One of the dogs was in such a poor condition that he had to be put down.
Jan van Aardt, a retired maths lecturer and the owner of the dogs, was visibly upset when Wetnose arrived at his smallholding in the Haakdoringboom area.
He said he had been breeding with the dogs for nine years.
He had, however, agreed last week that some of the dogs could be removed. Wetnose, in conjunction with the radio station Jacaranda 94.2, removed 35 dogs from the property last week.
Beeld accompanied the animal rescue organisation when they went to remove another 39 dogs on Monday.
Tracy Forte of Wetnose said the organisation's vet, Dr Nolene Sloet, was furious about the condition of the dogs.
"We want to close (this place) down. It is a shame to see dogs living in such horrific conditions," Forte said.
Van Aardt, however, insisted that he took good care of the dogs, and said there was nothing wrong with his breeding kennels. "My dogs' puppies are all in a good condition. Not one of them is underfed. Look for yourself."
Cancer, broken bones
Wetnose believed that one of the bitches that was removed on Monday, had cancer. Several other dogs apparently also had cancerous lesions on their skin.
One Boerbull's leg was broken. Van Aardt said it would cost R3 000 to treat the dog's leg.
Forte said of the 35 dogs who were removed last week, nine needed urgent medical attention. Seven of the nine were operated on, for broken legs and cancerous lesions.
When Beeld visited the dog breeder on Monday, several dogs had eye infections and sores on their ears. The dogs' food - chicken carcasses and cow udders - lay around on the yard and smelled foul.
Van Aardt claimed the food was not rotten when he gave it to the dogs.
Forte said Wetnose needed the public's help to find homes for the dogs. Call Wetnose on 013 9323941/2. - BEELD