City deploys new anti-dogfighting team to several hotspots


The City of Cape Town has recently launched an anti-dogfighting team to combat dogfighting and deal with canine attacks on other animals and people. 

“Dogfighting is a real, vicious and barbaric activity which is rife across the metropole. Often the only time this dark issue comes to light is when a resident has enough courage or compassion for the animals involved, to call authorities. The team that’s been assembled tackle these complaints and have already made inroads,” Mayco member for Safety and Security JP Smith says.

The team is comprised of officers from the City Law Enforcement Animal Control officers, welfare inspectors from the SPCA and members of the Safety and Security Investigations Unit (SSIU). The team was formed following the Cape Animal Welfare Forum where concerns about the issue were raised.

Their responsibilities include:

  • dealing with dog attacks
  • monitoring and patrolling dogfighting hotspots
  • impound dogs involved in attacks
  • scrutinising impounded dogs and those that have been attacked for visible signs of regular/intermittent dog fighting
  • arrest those guilty of dogfighting
  • monitor the cases and prosecution of offenders

“Dogfighting eats away at the moral fabric of society and its devastating effects have long been a priority for the City’s Animal Control Unit. The newly integrated team aims to gather intelligence and information from dog attacks and injured dogs admitted for treatment, with the end goal of successfully prosecuting offenders. For too long, these perpetrators have got away with these inhumane crimes,” Smith says.

So far 27 dogs and five cats were surrendered to the team in Hanover Park, three dogs and two cats were sterilised while 29 other animals were treated for a number of other ailments.