SHOCKING: Dumped dogs left to rot like trash

A Newcastillian is disgusted as two dogs are thrown among building rubble at the municipal dumpsite.

Friendship and undying love are two qualities which every dog seems to possess.

Yet, in their final moments, two dogs were denied a dignified burial and left to rot like common trash.

This came after Newcastillians recently voiced their anger via social media, after the municipal pound threw two dogs among the refuse at the rubbish dump.

Zander Waarlè posted the initial post on Facebook, asking what was the correct procedure in disposing of animal carcasses, after he witnessed municipal workers dispose of the dogs on Tuesday, September 5, with a work colleague.

“We went to dump some rubble, when this bakkie parked in front of us. I was talking to my work friend, pointing out how the guy had parked in front of us, when I saw the guy pulling these dogs out by the legs.”

Horrified by the act, Waarlè quickly grabbed his cellphone and recorded the municipal vehicle driving away.

“When my colleague and I drove out of the dumpsite, we saw the guys rinsing out the back of their bakkie.”

When Waarlè returned to the place where he witnessed the act a short while later, the carcasses were gone.

“When I got back, I went to the same spot and I could not see the bodies, but I could smell them. The grader was pushing the rubble together, so it seems the bodies were not buried,” said Waarlè.

SPCA Inspector, Elize van Rooyen explained as dogs were not cremated, the bodies were taken to the dumpsite.

Yet, the bodies were not meant to be simply left with the refuse dumped at the site.

“A hole needs to be dug, so the animals can be buried accordingly and not left in the open,” she said.

Field officer for the Threatened Grassland Species Programme, Bradley Gibbons said while he could not officially comment on the health aspects of the dogs being dumped, there were factors to consider.

“If the animals had a disease, it could spread but if they were euthanised, I am not certain what type of compound was used and can’t say at present what risks it could pose.”

However, Gibbons said one needed to look at the psychological impact it could have on children.

“I think we need to look at the human side of the matter. If children go to the dumpsite to either dump refuse or collect recyclable items, it would not be nice for them to see the dogs like that. There needs to be another way to dispose of the dogs,” he said.

The Newcastle Municipality’s Communication’s Department was contacted for comment, but had not done so at the time of publication.

Quinton Boucher

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