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Dog outrage

HEATHER-LYNN EVANSON, [email protected]

Dog outrage

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As outrage emerges over the conditions of service dogs belonging to a security company, one of the leading voices in animal welfare wants to see guidelines instituted for their care.

Last week, photos showing two severely thin German Shepherds muzzled and riding in the back of a truck, in the sun, made the rounds on social media. The outcry was instantaneous, with some calling for people to restrict their business with the company.

Chief inspector of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), Wayne Norville, said it was high time updated animal cruelty legislation, as well as guidelines for the care and condition of service animals, were enacted.

But the general manager of Amalgamated Security Systems Ltd, the company in whose truck the dogs were photographed, is insisting that the dogs were not deliberately ill-treated.

Andre Coore told the DAILY NATION yesterday the company was in discussions with the RSPCA and had adjusted its “maintenance plans”. (HLE)

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