FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
19 JUNE 2015
 
EThekwini Cares About Wellbeing Of All Metro Police Unit Dogs
 
EThekwini Municipality assures the public that there is no shortage of dog food and various other essential grooming and handling items for Metro Police dogs.
 
A routine stock verification recently conducted indicates that there is adequate supply of dog food. Further, items such as shampoo, check chains, leashes, tackle suits, dog brushes and tracking leads are in stock.
 
Metro Police cannot accept donations because there is sufficient stock in place therefore it is not necessary to accept donations from the public.
 
Importantly, all dogs in the Metro Police dog unit are vaccinated and their medical records are filed accordingly. Our dogs are attended to by qualified and experienced veterinary physicians.
 
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Amanzimtoti Manager Tracey Girling said when the SPCA visited the Metro Police dog kennels all the dogs were fine, however, Metro Police sought the assistance of the SPCA to put down one of the dogs which was old and ailing.
 
“The humane thing we could do for the dog was to put it down,” said Girling.
 
The care of Metro Police dogs is of utmost importance to Council as they are an integral part of the Metro Police family and every effort is being made to ensure that their care is of an acceptable standard.
 
ENDS
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Head, Tozi Mthethwa.
 
For more information contact Gugu Mbonambi on 0313114855 or email:gugu.mbonambi@durban.gov.za or Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or princess.nkabane@durban.gov.za