Feed a Paw condemns dog slaughtering

Urgent measures needed to curb slaughtering of dogs for human consumption.

26 November 2018 | Local News

Leandrea Louw

Madelaine Strydom; Feed a Paw founder; "I really wish for a response group to be established to curb the slaughtering and abuse of dogs."

Feed a Paw founder Madelaine Strydom says it is high time something needs to be done to end the slaughter of dogs for human consumption.

The welfare organisation feeds and also provides shelter and medication to dogs in Swakopmund's DRC settlement and the Omdel location of Henties Bay.

“We’ve heard of an instance where a dog was captured and tied up with the intention of killing it for food. The people proceeded to beat the animal with a pipe on its head. It somehow managed to escape but it was too late to do anything for him, as its skull was badly crushed. Those responsible were never found.”

According to Strydom this was not the first incident of its kind and dogs being stolen to be slaughtered are a regular occurrence.

“One of our workers living in the DRC told us that dogs get stolen from their homes, and moved from one house to another in the area. Some of these dogs usually include pit bulls which are used for dog fights. It’s high time that people realise this is a reality. Something needs to be done about it and I really wish for a response group to be established to curb the slaughtering and abuse of dogs. ”

Feed a Paw is the brainchild of mother and daughter Madelaine and Michelle Strydom.

“My husband had a construction contract in the DRC four years ago and I used to take food to him and the workers. We came across dogs looking frail and neglected and we decided to do something about it. I went home and made two big pots of porridge and soup and fed about 45 dogs that day. Four years later and we are feeding about 275 dogs every second or third day of the week.”

Strydom explained while the feeding exercise took shape, she noticed the dogs lacked water, proper shelter and proper medical care.

“Last week we had to loosen the chain around a dog’s neck because he was unable to move. We’re on the lookout for any dogs and cats suffering in these areas. We for example came across a lot of dogs suffering from mange. The Swakopmund Vet Clinic came to these animals’ assistance and has been treating these dogs and giving them their yearly injections against rabies. We usually treat dogs with mange on Thursday mornings.”

Have-a-Heart also recently joined hands with Feed a Paw and spayed and neutered six dogs identified by the organisation. Strydom mentioned that they have extended their services to include the rescuing of puppies.

“My family and I are currently fostering 14 dogs that need to find their forever homes soon. We love them like our own but they deserve a home of their own. Each one is sterilised, their yearly injections are up to date and each one receives flea treatment. The majority of these dogs we rescued from terrible circumstances and groomed them. Each dog has its own story to tell, and each one has emotional scars."

Feed a Paw welcomes donations in the form of old blankets, old toys and doghouses.

“I’ve come across dogs that do not have proper shelter, and this is why we provide the owners with doghouses. Many dogs lie in the sweltering sun every day, with no shade in sight. The blankets are mostly for the dogs that just gave birth or have puppies around. It gets very cold at night for these babies.”

In addition, Feed a Paw is in need of dry and canned cat and dog food, dip treatment for mange, old leashes, old toys, tick and flea shampoo, Zam-Buk or Vaseline for the dogs’ ears to keep flies away and paper plates which are used to feed the dogs.

Get in touch with Feed a Paw via [email protected] or 081 437 6704. Regular updates are posted on the organisation’s social media page, Feed a Paw Project.

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