Our Inspectorate Team
The core of our society
Our Inspectorate Department deals with all cruelty reports as well as pre- and post- home inspections, pet shop checks as well as general pro-active work. The Inspectorate ensures that every animal has the right to the following freedoms:
- Freedom from Hunger and Thirst
- Freedom from Discomfort
- Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease
- Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour
- Freedom from Fear and Distress
What is the role of our Inspectors?
Our Inspectorate department forms the core of our society. At the Lower South Coast SPCA we have 2 Inspectors and 3 Field Officers who deal with all cruelty reports as well as pre- and post-adoption home inspections, pet shop checks as well as general pro-active work.
The SPCA Inspectorate are on the frontline in our fight against animal cruelty. Every day they face challenging, intimidating and often threatening situations where animals are at risk. In order for them to adequately handle these encounters and ensure that those responsible for animal abuse are held accountable, they must be skilled and trained to rescue animals in distress, issue warnings, seize animals in appalling conditions and instigate legal action against abusive and neglectful owners.
In addition to speaking to hundreds of animal owners on responsible animal care during their daily work, their initiatives included: combating cruelty (including dog fighting and illegal street selling of pets); pro-actively inspecting any facilities where animals are used, housed, farmed or processed. Increasing the number of proactive outreaches in communities and increasing inspectorate visibility in informal settlements around the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality
The SPCA is the only organisation that offers a 24-hour Inspectorate service.
In cruelty cases it is up to these inspectors to gather all necessary evidence to prosecute cases of cruelty. We have a very large municipal area, where at present our borders extend from Hibberdene in the North, to Harding in the East and down into Bizana and the Eastern Cape in the South, which includes the disadvantaged areas of Gcilima, Vutshini, Louisiana, Izingolweni, Murchison, and Boboyi.
Our inspectors are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. However as we have such a large area to cover we rely on the public to be our eyes and ears in their communities and to report cases of cruelty and neglect in their neighbourhood. All complaints are investigated, even if the call has come in anonymously and all complaints are kept strictly anonymous.