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KSPCA responding to the case of a painted donkey in Meru

Following the case https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001255410/man-paints-donkey-with-jubilee-party-colours-and-symbols-to-campaign-for-president-uhuru whereby a donkey in Meru County was painted with Jubilee colours and symbols, The Kenya Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (KSPCA) acted immediately and visited Meru county where we met Mr. Brian Murithi from Buuri constituency who painted a donkey with Jubilee political party’s colors and used for campaigning. KSPCA condemns in the strongest terms possible the incident where a donkey was abused for a political party campaign. This is in contravention of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act CAP 360 in the following sections:

1. Section 3 (1) (g) willfully, without reasonable cause or excuse, administers any poisonous or injurious drug or substance to an animal or causes any such substance to be taken by an animal; The paint used on the animal is corrosive to the skin and the chemical substances will seep through the skin, into the system and cause diseases to the donkey.

2. Section 10 (1) (a) Prohibition of certain public contests, performances and exhibitions with animals

We helped Mr. Muriithi understand the two above sections and he wrote an apology letter. After KSPCA tried washing the donkey with no success since the paint was sticky, he agreed to take the donkey home and allow the donkey to roll on the ground as they normally do and this will slowly and gently remove the paint with time without injuring the skin.

Therefore, we would like to request all political parties and the Kenyan citizen in general to cease and desist the misuse and abuse of animals for any political gain or civil movement.

New KSPCA Executive Officer taking over from long serving Jean Gilchrist

A very warm welcome from all the board members and staff of the KSPCA to Dr. Diana Onyango who, from 9th August 2017, has taken over from long-serving Jean Gilchrist as Executive Officer at the helm of our organisation.

Dr. Onyango holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Nairobi and a Master’s degree in Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health from The University of London, Royal Veterinary College. She is a registered veterinary doctor with over thirteen years’ experience in the veterinary sector and has worked in private veterinary practice, veterinary pharmaceuticals industry and with humanitarian organizations.

Diana has extensive experience in managing donor contracts as well as projects development and execution gained from her time at Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Suisse (VSF-Suisse) and European Committee for Training in Agriculture (CEFA). She has also conducted research studies and evaluations for local and international NGOs in East Africa.

Diana is a mother to a seven year old daughter and of course loves animals.


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Tyson

Tyson is a four year old Rottweiler. His days have been spent in a shed, let out at night when the humans were in their house. So he has had very little human contact. The landlord of the property asked Tyson’s owner to find another place to stay, so the KSPCA came to take Tyson away. He was very wary of the people who came to take him as he was very timid and lacked confidence, which is what happens when dogs spend their time locked up. After much patient coaxing he was put in a van and taken to the KSPCA shelter.

With attention and TLC after one week he has gone to his new owner as arranged with the old owner. He is a changed dog, much more confident and will spend a lot of his time with his new owner.

 

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A Month in the Life of a KSPCA Field Officer

Warning:

This post contains disturbing stories and images. User discretion is advised.


By Paul Mufunyi, KSPCA Field Officer

FEBRUARY 2017 FIELD REPORT

I began the month of February by rescuing a dog which was hit by a car in Kariobangi. The dog was reported to us after two days.  The person who reported it took the dog off the road and made a shed and gave it food and water. I brought the dog in but unfortunately the spine was completely broken and our vet put it sleep.

It really touched me to see that we have good people in the society who have compassion towards animals. I was not expecting to find what I found there.

I also brought in a dog from Green Park Estate that had escaped from Chinese construction site where the reporter said that dogs are being slaughtered. I brought in the dog and soon she will find a new home. We received complaints from the public about dogs been slaughtered but we have not seen any evidence showing this.

I was on my way to buy greens for our Donkeys and goats at the shelter when I saw a dog on the side of the road, I stopped to find out what could be the problem only to find that the dog was hit by a car. I  immediatly turned around took the dog to the vet for treatment. He examined the dog and luckily enough the dog had not broken its back and was put on bed rest and treatment.

I rescued another dog from World Vision in Karen. The dog fell into a ditch and remained there for two days as it  could not come out by itself because it was very deep. I brought it to the shelter for rehoming.

I rescued a dog from Ngong.  The dog was left behind by the owner who moved and left it to survive or die.

This is one of many cases of what  people do to animals in Nairobi and I think soon we will have to prosecute some people so that this kind of cruelty and irresponsibility can be stopped.

I brought three dogs from Kawangware  for spay and neuter. The owner of the dogs approached me for help because she didn’t want her dogs to breed. I was very happy to help her because its not normal  to find someone from the slums who thinks about spaying her or his dogs. She was very happy to see them back after the exercise.

I rescued a kitten which had fallen into a pit latrine in Kiambu. The kitten had spent a night in the pit. When I arrived I found the mother waiting. I managed to get the kitten  out and the mother was very pleased to see her baby and she started breast feeding her. I brought them both to the shelter and soon they will find a new home.

A dog is a dog is a dog

KSPCA has many lovely dogs looking for good homes. They are healthy, dewormed, vaccinated and the females are neutered if they are six months old. We charge 8000/- per dog as a handling fee to help cover our expenses. However some of our visitors are disappointed that our dogs are not pure bred. Which puzzles those of us who interrelate with them every day.

Owners left they are looking for a good home. Very nice dogs

Owners left they are looking for a good home. Very nice dogs

Some of the dogs have had a rough start in life but they are very forgiving and show great affection and loyalty to their new owners if they are good to them.  They are tough, not so prone to the diseases that many pure bred dogs are prone to and you don’t have so many vet bills. Most of them are very intelligent and make good guard dogs.

Dogs of many colours

Dogs of many colours

Look at them carefully, they are indeed good looking dogs. They come in different colours, black, brown, white, or combinations of these. Smooth coats, long coats or something in between and when you think about it, you might be getting a combination of German Shepherd, Labrador, Doberman, Rottweiler or others all rolled into one dog.

What more could one want?