ON the evening of Friday October 20, a house-breaking occurred in Kransbos - the hamlet consisting of houses scattered along the R340 gravel road, about 8km up Prince Alfred’s Pass.
Of the six dogs on the premises, the smallest two were poisoned, leaving the Rottweiler and three large Labradors unscathed. The traumatised owners learnt that an organophosphate poison was used on the dogs.
Commercially sold, Two Step is a poisonous pesticide similar to aldicarb (trade name: Temik), and tests revealed that one of the dogs received an additional poison similar to Rattex.
Due the tireless efforts of Dr Jannie Naudé of Plettenberg Bay Veterinary Clinic, who worked into the small hours, both dogs survived their terrible ordeal.
The owner of the home believes that the primary reason for the break-in was a family heirloom of ivory tusks, which have been in her family for over a century (the original documentation is available).
The tusks have no real value due to the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) Act - an international agreement between governments to ensure that trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
However, this fact clearly did not deter the thieves from stealing the tusks, the size of which would have necessitated their use of a bakkie or other large vehicle.
The family would be grateful for any information or observation in the case. Please call warrant officer Pretorius at Plett SAPS on 044 533 1166 and quote case number 170/10/2017 if you can assist in the investigation.