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TEARS Animal Rescue Highlights Violence Against Animals in Low Income Communities

Through Kristin engel August 30, 2021

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Cape Town – TEARS Animal Rescue called for compassion, education and training of pet owners in low income communities to reduce violence against animals.

This after an increase in cases of animal abuse and neglect, has been in the spotlight, when an Ocean View man was charged with bestiality after sexually raping the family dog ​​last week.

TEARS director of operations Mandy Store said she was seeing an increase in the number of animal abuse and neglect, especially cases involving minors who could only be tackled through compassion education, training in pet care and enrichment of young people at the local level.

TEARS fundraising manager Lara Van Rensburg said she received funding to launch a pilot community education and animal care training program in Vrygrond in September.

It will combine curriculum-based and field-based learning in the form of weekly Capricorn Elementary School dog education and training workshops for children, to help them become ‘ambassadors’ for the animals. and consider careers in the animal welfare sector, which would provide an alternative to gangs, drugs and violence.

“The program will include free sterilization and vaccination of dogs and cats in the region to proactively prevent the spread of infectious animal diseases and reduce illegal breeding,” said Van Rensburg.

“The TEARS Veterinary Clinic was recently forced to remove both eyes of a cat, Pandora, who was found at Retreat after being shot at point blank range with a pellet gun. While Pandora was fortunate enough to survive and has since been adopted by her rescuers, the perpetrators have never been arrested, ”Store said.

Cape of Good Hope SPCA spokeswoman Belinda Abraham said dogfighting in underprivileged communities needed more attention as their inspection division was inundated with cases of juvenile offenders involved in abuses. horrific crimes against animals, highlighting the importance of their humane education program.

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