Namibia: Angolan Dog Rescue Saves 15
BY TANJA BAUSE, 29 AUGUST 2012
NAMIBIAN and South African volunteers have succeeded in rescuing 15 dogs
from the Angolan side of the border and they have been returned to South
Africa via Namibia.
The dogs, all purebred and large breeds, were
allegedly stolen in South Africa and transported through Namibia to Angola,
where they are said to fetch high prices.
Maghitta Visser noticed a
vehicle packed full of dogs at Oshikango on the Namibian-Angolan border and
alerted the police on August 19.
The dogs were allowed to cross the
border into Angola but were kept there in cages, as a frantic rescue
operation was launched to get them back and return them to their owners.
After much drama, which reportedly included diplomatic intervention and
the involvement of Interpol, the dogs were finally allowed to cross the
border back into Namibia on Sunday.
Members of the Tsumeb SPCA drove to
Oshikango with a Land Cruiser and a horse trailer to fetch the dogs, while
Visser and a veterinarian from Otjiwarongo were waiting with the dogs at the
Oshikango police station.
The dogs were loaded into the vehicle and
driven to Tsumeb under police escort. "The Namibian Police escorted us and
they were really helpful," said Junior Bruwer, a member of the Tsumeb SPCA.
The horse box was then hooked onto another car and driven to Otjiwarongo,
from where the dogs were returned to South Africa.
Bruwer said there
were still many other dogs at the border post in Angola which presumably had
been transported through Namibia to be sold in Angola.