SPCA to euthanise dogs after distemper outbreak

Johannesburg - A number of infected dogs at the Alberton SPCA are to be euthanised after the centre was placed under quarantine after a distemper outbreak, the NSPCA said on Thursday.

"As the situation is dire we have had no option but to arrange for the humane euthanasia of the infected dogs as the society is unable financially to treat the dogs nor are they able to keep the infected dogs isolated," the National Council of Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) said in a statement.

According to the PetMD website distemper is a contagious and serious viral illness with no known cure.

It was currently working with the in-house veterinarian to bring the outbreak under control and to avoid infecting more dogs.

Dogs that had valid vaccination certificates would not be euthanised, but would be monitored.

A national senior inspector would ensure this happened, the council said, unless they showed symptoms of the highly contagious disease.

The NSPCA said it intervened on Thursday after receiving complaints that the Alberton SPCA's management was unable to adequately isolate the dogs and prevent the spread of the disease.

"Some members of the management committee of the Alberton SPCA, including the chairperson, have failed to act responsibly in this regard and continued to accept dogs into the SPCA's care.

"Some members... have resigned and stated that funding will be withdrawn from the society," it said.

The council described the resignations and withdrawal of funds as irresponsible at a time when leadership was needed to work through the crisis.

"Also withdrawing much-needed funding will only impact negatively on the animals."

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Pieter Oosie Oosthuizen 2014-08-07 08:58:43 PM
Kirsty Prinsloo 2014-08-07 09:00:45 PM
How sad. Once again it's innocent souls that suffer.
Richard Nieckau 2014-08-07 09:03:58 PM
This is nothing compared to SAA maintaining flight schedules to regions with killer viruses to cash in on all those canceled connecting flights.
Wullie Mack 2014-08-07 09:06:22 PM
Years ago your dog needed a dog lience costing about 2 bucks per dog ,It went a long way to helping the SPCA ,,Why was it stopped,
Tina Butler 2014-08-07 09:19:57 PM
I Googled this extensively. Why do they have effective inoculations for this, but they have no cure for the Ebola virus?
On The Edge 2014-08-07 09:41:51 PM
Why aren't we hearing more about the Modise Death Farm?
Yolanda Engelbrecht 2014-08-07 09:59:13 PM
Please do not believe everything you read on the news. This article is not totally correct. The committee did everything they could to save the animals. Please refer to Nationals Facebook page statement and comments in order to see the full story from the committee members.
David Lebethe 2014-08-07 10:15:18 PM
The story served a debilitating effect on the organisation and wonder whether it will pursue those responsible in the same manner that it did against Thandi Modise not so long ago?
Kyle Sparks 2014-08-07 10:21:28 PM
Price, timing, history of the animal is unclear. Until you are saving animals yourself, you have no right to comment on an amazing organisation. Mistakes happen and with living things it is difficult to prevent them. In my opinion the good FAR outweighs the bad.
Robert Robinson 2014-08-07 10:25:59 PM
The dogs want 10.5 % increase on their labour and a blanket alowance or else