Cape Of Good Hope SPCA spokesperson Belinda Abraham says it is receiving more and more reports of dogs being stolen and just vanishing without a trace.
This follows a disturbing video being shared on social media showing a group of men stealing a rottweiler puppy in the Lansdowne/Rondebosch area.
It is believed that the animals might be getting stolen for the purpose of dog fightings or for reselling.
There seems to be an escalation in terms of dogs disappearing from homes with no explanation... this is extremely worrying.— Belinda Abraham, Spokesperson - Cape Of Good Hope SPCA
According to Abraham, the dog was found at a home of a drug dealer in Delft and it was returned to its owners.
She says the dog was microchipped which made it easy to find but that is not always the case with other dogs that disappear in the same manner.
She urges members of the public to stop buying dogs which they don't know their origins because this perpetuates the cycle of animal cruelty.
Keep your dogs in fully enclosed walls as possible. Microchip them so that they don't go wonder in the streets. Allow them to sleep inside if it's possible, they can protect you better when they are inside the property than they can outside.— Belinda Abraham, Spokesperson - Cape Of Good Hope SPCA
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Escalation of Cape Town dog thefts confirms SPCA