Durban – The dog fighting industry in South Africa has increased by 500% with the breeding of pit bulls becoming more popular and a source of a quick income, said the Pit bull Federation of South Africa.
Five boys were caught on CCTV camera stealing Rocky, the Moodley family’s pet. The children were seen taking the dog through a hole in the garden fence while the family was away.
Twelve-year-old Saien Moodley noticed Rocky was missing when he went to feed the dogs. The family was heartbroken as they watched the CCTV footage showing how Rocky had been stolen.
His mother, Jayshree, told the reporters “We purchased Rocky for R6 000 three years ago when he was a six-week-old from a breeder. Rocky was raised to be calm around children and was not a violent dog. We hope he would not be used for dog fighting,” Moodley said.
The footage showed the boys tampering with the palisade fencing.
The boys brought a female dog with them to lure Rocky closer to the fence.
When cars drove by or neighbours walked past, the boys pretended to be cleaning the pavement verge.
In the end, they lured Rocky to the fence, placed a leash around his neck and pulled him out of the yard.
After an extensive search and with the help of Animal Rescue KZN, they found one of the boys allegedly involved in the theft, but were upset when police released the minor after interviewing him.
If anyone has seen the dog, they should contact Jayshree Moodley at 0797767842, or crime stop at 08600 10111.