Several members of the public clapped and cheered a lady who walked a long distance of over an hour with her dog strapped to her back to get her pet treated at the Blantyre Society for the Protection & Care of Animals clinic (SPCA) .
Touched by this deep love for her pet, Blantyre SPCA took a photo of her and posted her on their Facebook page with the caption “Owner and patient of the day”, which drew lovely comments from the public.
Blantyre SPCA explained that the injury to the lady’s dog’s paw “was not very serious and she was able to take him home after being treated”.
“Especially on days when we see terrible cases of animal cruelty and neglect, it helps to see owners like these to remind us that most people care about their dogs.”
Marie da Silva, founder and director of Jacaranda School of Orphans in Limber – herself a dog lover – couldn’t find any other words to describe the gesture – and simply said, “I love this post so much.”
Seema Pathania said, “What a lovely caring lady. God bless her and her lovely dog,” while Jordan Dowbush commented, “So good to see someone taking care of their dog.
Sarah Ross described the message as “heartwarming from an amazing woman and a lucky dog” while Millie Kotecha-Makhecha prayed “for more wonderful pet owners like her”.
It’s quite a contrast to an incident last week in which West Ham footballer Kurt Zouma of the English Premiership side sparked outrage within the English sporting community by slapping and kicking foot to a cat.
Zouma has since apologized for the disturbing incident which was caught on camera and his music video has gone viral on social media.
His club publicly condemned the footage, accompanied by laughter in the background, and promised to settle the matter.
A British media report said Zuoma, 27, chased the cat, before throwing a pair of shoes and slapping it on the head.
“West Ham unreservedly condemns the actions of the team’s player, Kurt Zouma, in this video which has been released,” the club said in a statement to the press, adding that they had “spoken with Kurt and we will resolve this internally, but we want to make it clear that we will not tolerate animal cruelty in any way.
Zuma is also quoted in The Sun newspaper apologizing for his actions and expressing remorse, saying “there is no excuse for my behavior, which I deeply regret. I want to assure everyone that the two cats are well and healthy.
In 2012, former South African President Jacob Zuma also received a backlash over unsavory remarks he made about pet care that touched on sensitive race relations in that country, when he has publicly stated “pet ownership is part of ‘white culture’ and people should focus on the well-being of the family instead”.
Zuma’s remarks sparked a flurry of animal lover retorts on Twitter and other social media, in which one commenter – presumably a white person – shot back: “Will I become ‘more African’ if I give kick my dog, President Zuma”.
While another sneered that Zuma lost a photo op with then US President Barack Obama, who had a pet dog named Bo, at the White House and the Obamas were proud to pose with him the whole time. .
South African media then reported that the backdrop to the dog debate is the legacy of Western colonialism in Africa, as well as the bitter struggle against apartheid in South Africa that culminated in the first democratic elections in 1994. .
In Malawi, dogs are usually kept for security reasons and always chained. Most low-income households never feed them – left to wander in search of food.
When these dogs continue to visit nearby houses where discarded food can be found in garbage cans, they are chased away by stoning.
It is not uncommon to see lame dogs in most communities in Malawi after being stoned without mercy and this type of cruelty is what Blantyre SPCA and other similar organizations oppose.
Blantyre SPCA is an NGO that focuses on many different areas of animal welfare in Malawi, such as the responsible reintegration of abandoned or stray animals.
They also vaccinate and sterilize stray dogs or those from low-income households; provides veterinary care to animals in need and educates the public on safe animal handling, animal welfare principles and general animal care.
They also monitor and assist the canine units of security companies to ensure they comply with animal welfare law and are well cared for.
Some people are seen on the streets of Blantyre and other towns selling puppies which is illegal although they do it with impunity – so Blantyre SPCA comes and works with the police to stop these illegal sales and put pressure on animal welfare regulations.
Last year, Lilongwe SPCA called on the public to refrain from buying dogs on the street, saying these animals are not vet checked; are very dangerous and have a high risk of rabies, Parvo, ticks and fleas as well as unpleasant behavior problems.
The Lilongwe SPCA has announced that it is working closely with vendors and all other stakeholders to find a long-term sustainable solution that benefits both vendors and animals.
They also said that dogs that come to their home are subject to a 30-day quarantine where they are inoculated, dewormed, seen to be free of rabies and pests.
Only those with no behavioral problems are then put up for adoption while the poor creatures sold on the side of the road have none of these services.
On the website www.lilongwelspca.com, the NGO had reiterated that it had a shelter specially designed for dogs and cats, where it takes care of animals that have been returned, rescued or confiscated by the police in roadside vendors.
The LSPCA argues there has been an increase in the abusive selling of young puppies and kittens – who are exposed to extreme weather conditions and suffer from severe dehydration and malnutrition.
“They are taken from their mother before they are even able to open their eyes. This in turn leads to medical and behavioral implications later in life.
“Buying dogs off the street helps to perpetuate this cruel trade and must stop. When you buy a dog off the side of the road, you are supporting illegal exploitation that thrives on poor animal welfare.
“The animals that are sold on the side of the road are housed in poor conditions with inadequate medical care, are often hungry and thirsty, and are often very sick and therefore have behavioral problems.
“The mothers of these puppies are continually raised in pitiful circumstances until they are of no use to the breeder, then they are inhumanely disposed of.”
The LSPCA says it has embarked on a project to end the sale of roadside pets, which aims to raise awareness of the suffering of these animals and the risks to humans of buying these animals on the street.
“LSPCA works with community policing who also work with vendors to stop the roadside animal trade. In addition, the LSPCA works with officers from the Malawi Police Service – Criminal Investigation Department who are responsible for confiscating animals sold on the streets. »
The Animal Protection Act 1970 (66) prohibits any person from mistreating, torturing, infuriating, terrifying or causing to cause or permit unnecessary suffering to any animal.
Section 3(1)(b) of the same Animal Welfare Act prohibits transporting or transporting, or permitting in such a manner or position as to cause unnecessary suffering to an animal.
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