The Nelson Mandela Bay Metro is looking to tighten its by-laws regarding illegal dog breeding. This as the new environmental health by-laws are set to undergo public participation in the new financial year.
Illegal breeding remains problematic and results in overflowing shelters and many dogs being used in dog fights.
The Save-A-Pet animal shelter is a no kill shelter where every cage is full and dogs keep coming. Dogs come in as strays or are abandoned while many others are surrendered.
Manager Leigh Done explains the problem of illegal breeding: “One of the misconceptions people have is that a female dog must have a litter of puppies before she is sterilized. This is incorrect as it is actually healthier for her to be sterilised before her first heat. The other problem with that is who knows where the puppies end up? And those puppies go on to breed more and more puppies.”
The municipality is clamping down on illegal breeding by issuing fines of up to R2500.
A hundred fines have been issued since September and more than 250 warnings have been given.
The by-law states that only two dogs per property are allowed and they must be sterilised.
There are currently 11 registered breeders in the metro who are all in good standing and there are ten pending applications.
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