The KOUGA Municipality has recently been inundated with complaints that dog owners are not adhering to local bylaws.
This is causing much frustration among residents as well us resources that are being used to control this activity that should have been attending to more serious matters.
An animal pound was established during April 2019. More details here. Stray animals should be reported to the Call Centre at 042 200 2200 option 5
The Kouga Municipality Law Enforcement together with the SPCA ASSISI and committee members from Jeffreys Bay Ward 11 recently had discussions in order to confirm current policies and to find solutions.
The SPCA also met with the Animal Rescue Sanctuary and will embark on a combined educational program with Law Enforcement in order to bring the management of animals under control.
Some residents are outraged at the sudden action been taken when fines were handed out for trespassers. For many years residents complained that Law Enforcement was absent and were not carrying out their duties.
There appears to be even bigger problems in the smaller communities and outlying areas of Kouga, with rather disturbing information been received from local SPCA Inspectors.
The local SPCA tabled a proposal for the establishment of an Animal Management Committee for Kouga at a special council meeting held in April 2019.
This committee will be headed by the Director of Community Services and will comprise representatives from SPCA, JBay Animal Sanctuary, St Francis Bay Animal Sanctuary, Law enforcement as well as a representative, being a committee member from each of the wards in Kouga.
The committee will aim to re-look the various bylaws appertaining to animals, assist in the establishment of a training forum where all communities within Kouga will be orientated towards animal management as required and also act as contact personnel within the wards for cruelty as well as general aspects surrounding animal management. More details will be published later.
It is hoped that the efforts will go a long way in bettering the lives of our loved animals.
A recent article focused on dogs on the beaches of Cape Town. Dogs are not allowed on beaches within the Cape Town area. Read More.
Comments and contributions from the general public is welcomed via mail to firstname.lastname@example.org alternatively please attend the SPCA 2019 AGM on Wednesday 5 June 2019, 18:00 at the Bowls Club in Tulip St in Jeffreys Bay.