Outrage over puppy’s ears being cut off

‘Not a direct case of animal abuse’ - Police

10 February 2020 | Local News

Walvis Bay · [email protected]


Word spread like wildfire along the central coast on Sunday when it was discovered that a Pitbull puppy’s ears had been cut off at Independence Beach near Walvis Bay.

“We investigated the case, but no one was arrested,” said Inspector Ileni Shapumba, who is responsible for community policing in the Erongo region. This was also confirmed by police spokesman Chief Inspector Daniel Gurirab, who said that nobody has opened a case so far.

According to Shapumba, the incident was “not directly a case of an animal abuse,” adding that it is a traditional way of healing. “If an animal does not want to eat, a small piece is removed from its ears to heal or treat it,” he said. The wounds are then washed in salt water, which was done in this case.

However, when residents spotted the injured animal on the beach, photos were taken and published on various social media sites.

“Such traditional treatments occur every day. For this reason, you see many dogs running around in various areas of which either their ears are cut or the tail have been removed,” he said.

Shapumba compared it to another tradition with cattle in which a bull’s testicles are separated in a bid to make them grow bigger and stronger. “It’s the same thing,” he said.

For this reason, no case was opened nor was anyone arrested.

Shapumba did however describe the act with the puppy as unfortunate.

“The local animal welfare association (SPCA) must educate and sensitize residents about these traditions,” he said. This would avoid similar incidents in future. “When residents know they can be assisted by the SPCA, they will rather go there,” he said.

The Walvis Bay SPCA did not want to comment on the incident.

“The case is in the hands of the police. As soon as the investigation is complete, we will publish a statement,” said kennel manager Alfred Schmidt.

Schmidt confirmed that the Pitbull puppy as well as another dog that was injured in a similar way, were both safe and being looked after.

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