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Following reports from concerned members of the public of dog hawkers at the Ruaka roundabout, KSPCA moved in to ensure this vice comes to an end. KSPCA decide to take the approach of educating the hawkers on the law and on animal welfare instead of raiding the place and confiscating the dogs. In the past, KSPCA staff have been physically assaulted as they were confiscating dogs being sold by hawkers. Thus this time, the society opted to educate the hawkers first before taking legal action.                                        

Fig 1.1 – Some of the puppies being sold at Ruaka

On visiting the location, several dogs were found tethered on chains and in the sun with no food or water. KSPCA educated the hawkers on the laws they were breaking according to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act CAP 360. This activity was carried out in collaboration with the Kiambu County Department of Veterinary Services Officers and the Kenya Police. The dog hawkers were advised on alternative and humane ways of doing their business without displaying the dogs out in the open in the sun. They were also warned that any time they are seen selling the dogs in public spaces in this inhumane manner, they will be arrested as they are now fully aware of the laws they are breaking.

Fig 1.2 – Dr. Diana Onyango (KSPCA) addressing the dog hawker.

 

Fig 1.3 – KSPCA Senior officer, Ben Atsiaya and Dr. Njoroge from the county department veterinary services of Kiambu county accompanied by 2 policemen.

The County Vet officer and the police have also committed to be more vigilant of these hawkers and arrest them when they are seen selling dogs in this manner again.

This activity was sponsored by a concerned citizen, Giles Littlewood.

One of the ways in which we can reach out to the public is through training animal handling by professionals who understand animal care.

            

KSPCA in collaboration with The Donkey Sanctuary Kenya had the opportunity of training the Animal health industry training Institute (AHITI) for two days at the KSPCA on Animal welfare and humane management practices.

         

Brooke East Africa also participated on the second day training the students on donkey handling practices.

When we reach out to Students, we are shaping the future.

            

pigFollowing a complaint about a thin pig wandering about on the road beside a school in Karen, KSPCA staff visited the pig sty across the road. There were twenty three pigs in there, the stys were filthy and some of the pigs were the thinnest we have ever seen. The owner, the headmistress of the school, was advised on proper care and warned that she was committing an offence. Her son promised to supervise the feeding.

However when we paid a return visit, some of the pigs were a bit better, but five others were not. Those we took into care and within a short time they looked quite different which proves that they were not getting enough food. They are currently enjoying life at the KSPCA. We were told that the pigs were being kept to teach the pupils about livestock rearing.

A Golf Day in January organised by our Chairperson Mary Njonjo Ngini at Muthaiga Golf Club was a great success and was our best fundraiser for years. It was very well supported and the winners were presented with beautiful glassware from Kitengela Glass who donated them for the event. a wonderful day was had by all!

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