The Animal Protection Association (DBV) expressed its shock on Tuesday that a South African transport company allegedly tried to smuggle a dog in a box across the border of Lesotho to South Africa, which almost resulted in this dog being smothered.
According to a statement issued by the SPCA, customs officers at the Lesotho border this week, took off with the driver of a truck after the dog’s legs were tied up with rope, he had a chain around his neck and was placed in a box where only his head was stretched out.
The SPCA says there is also a plastic bag tied around the dog’s body so that he could not move.
Reinet Meyer, an inspector of the SPCA, said a preliminary investigation showed that the carrier of the transport company apparently brought the dog to South Africa on behalf of his boss.
“The customs on the South African side of the Lesotho border drove the dog to the people and brought to the DBV in Bloemfontein where he is now in safe custody,” says Meyer.
“We are terribly shocked to see what certain transport companies can do to animals to transport them. It is totally unacceptable to transport an animal in such circumstances. We take the matter very seriously and will do everything we can to drive the culprits to the pen. ”
Meyer says a charge of animal abuse has been brought against the owner of the transport company and the driver of the truck was filed.