Save The SABC

Save The SABC

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WISH RESCUE started this petition to RSPCA



During the week of the 18th of March 2019 WISH Animal Rescue were sent several messages, and tagged in posts, in relation to the RSPCA SA trying to euthanize 10 adult border collies, and their pups. We attempted to contact RSPCA SA direct on Thursday 21st March 2019, to offer our assistance with these dogs, to no avail. On the Thursday evening we were put in contact with someone on the ground in SA, who had already successfully removed several dogs from the same breeding facility that the RSPCA 10 were from, and placed them in rescues. On Friday 22nd of March 2019, we were asked if our team could take on 16 Border Collies, to help re-home them within WISH. Our team made some phone calls and organised to get the RV and Dog Trailer ready for an early morning Saturday departure.

On Saturday 23rd March 2019, 5 members on the WISH team headed of on our biggest road trip ever. Driving two vehicles across borders from WA to SA, and back. On Monday 25th March 2019, the team arrived at the breeders facility in SA and collected the 16 above mention dogs, along with a further 15 dogs. We took all dogs the owner was willing to surrender. On Wednesday 27th March 2019, the team arrived back in WA and our new dogs were dispersed to experienced foster carers, to receive their vet work and much needed human interaction. We were asked to take on a further 6 Border Collies from the same breeding facility and took these into care, making the total number of dogs in care be 37. Due the impending court case, due to take place on Friday 29th March 2019, we decided not to share any information with regards to our trip, until the court case was finalised.

On Friday 29th March 2019, we were made aware that the RSPCA had won their court case to gain ownership of the 10 Border Collies in their care, and the 23 puppies. We received a copy of the court document, and decided we had to fight for the 33 dogs now in their care, as they now had full control over if they live, or were euthanized. We shared with the public, what we had been doing over the last week, and information on how our dogs were doing in care - shy but not aggressive. This petition was started to gain public support, in the release of the Border Collies, from RSPCA to A rescue. We were happy for these dogs to go into care of another rescue, if the RSPCA preferred not to work with us, we only wanted them safe.

Over the next few weeks, we received numerous anonymous emails containing videos, photos and documentation of the seizure, and condition of the dogs in RSPCA care. We were disgusted by what we saw. After numerous attempts to contact the RSPCA SA direct, to offer our assistance in taking over custody for the 33 in care, we felt we had no choice but to go public with what we had received. We in no way intended to "take on" the RSPCA or "damage their reputation", we only wanted the 33 dogs in their care, safe. We offered to purchase the 10 adults at a cost of $1000 per dog (covering their full adoption cost) to bring them to safety.

On Wednesday 3rd April 2019, we received confirmation that four of the 10 adults, had been euthanized by the RSPCA SA. They also advised that all puppies in care, would be rehomed, or had already been rehomed. Despite proof that ALL of our 37 ADULTS were settling in wonderfully, and had shown no aggression, these four lost their lives. We continued to fight for the remaining 6 adults in their possession.

Over the next three years we continued to take in SABC (SA Border Collies), transport them to WA, rehab and rehome them. At no cost to anyone but WISH. Between foster carers in both SA and WA, numerous road trips, and lots of flights, we got all we were offered safe. To date WISH have saved 142 SABC.

On Monday 17th January 2022, the case between the RSPCA and the owner of these dogs started. Please note we are not involved with the court case at all, nor have we been asked to provide any information and/or evidence for either party. What has been disclosed by the RSPCA is that 10 adults and 5 puppies were seized by the RSPCA in the original inspection of the facility. Of these, 3 were pregnant resulting in a further 27 puppies. Out of the 32 puppies in total, 12 did not survive. During court, "Prosecutor Peter Saul told the court that the RSPCA seized 10 dogs from the property"... "8 being euthanised". This means our original appeal to save these 10 dogs did not succeed. After 4 days in court, the case was adjourned.

On Monday 9th May 2022, the court case continued. We are yet to be given any information regarding the case, as details are currently being kept private. On Wednesday 11th May 2022 final statements were given. We are awaiting details on when the judge will rule and don't yet have a confirmed date.

We would like publicly remind both parties, we are here to help. Please do not let any more SABC suffer the same fate as the 8 that were seized. We have the time and experience with these dogs, and the willingness to take them on. We will take them on with full responsibility and expense to no-one but WISH. No more of these dogs need to be euthanised. Please share, sign and lets crack the 200,000 mark.

To be continued.....
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* More details, and information regarding the SABC (including photos and videos) can be viewed at the WISH Animal Rescue facebook page.

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