Beware of fake vets putting Cape Town pets at risk

The Animal Welfare Society of South Africa (AWSSA) has warned pet owners to watch out for imposters who are increasingly posing as veterinary professionals in Cape Town.

The local animal clinic told Cape Town Etc that many pets have sadly been euthanised after alleged con artists provided the animals with improper diagnosis and treatment.

Read: Khayelitsha animal clinic hit by deadly dog virus in need of support

Cape Town resident Mervin Onrust took his Husky puppy to a fake veterinarian for a canine parvovirus vaccination over December. He says it cost him R150 for a house call.

My puppy was due to be vaccinated so a mutual friend said he knew someone who is a vet in the Delft area that could vaccinate my dog. He introduced me to this guy.

Mervin Onrust

He didn't even look at my dog's veterinary card. It should have raised a red flag in me.

Mervin Onrust

The scamster arrived at Onrust's home and claimed to vaccinate the dog and give it antibiotics.

The pet owner later took his pup to an AWSSA clinic in Phillipi when he began noticing that his dog was not well. In the end, the dog had to be euthanised.

A couple of days later, I started noticing that my puppy is not the same. He's not responding anymore.

Mervin Onrust

They had to put my puppy down.

Mervin Onrust

The AWSSA has apparently tracked down the fake vet and an investigation is underway.

Onrust has urged other pet owners not to take shortcuts and to take their beloved animals to a registered vet.

Listen to him share his story with Pippa Hudson:


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