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  • TUESDAY 20 January 2015 | 0021 910 6500 | Fax: 021 910 6501/06 | Email: [email protected] | Website: www.peoplespost.co.za

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    Dan Jordaan plays with eightmonthold Great

    Dane, Donkie, and Sophia, another pet, in

    better times. Donkie succumbed to his wounds

    after he was stabbed seven times by an

    assailant (above). PHOTO: SUPPLIED

    LOTUS RIVER

    Dog knifed to death

    CHEVON BOOYSEN

    @ChevonBooysen

    A

    family in Lotus River is distraught aft-

    er their beloved dog was stabbed to

    death.

    TheGreatDane, namedDonkie,waskilled

    by a man known to the family on Sunday 4

    January.

    According to Lee-Ann Adams, owner of

    the eight-month-old dog,Donkiewas a lovea-

    ble and friendly dog.

    Our dogwas stabbed to death seven times

    with an Okapi knife. He did not deserve to

    die like that, Adams says.

    The suspect, Antheo Moos, was charged

    with cruelty to ananimal andwas taken into

    custody. He has subsequently been released

    on bail.

    Recounting the days events, Adams says

    a family friend, Tiaan Ross, had taken the

    dog for a walk.

    He was taken on regular walks every day

    and itwouldnormally be late afternoon.Peo-

    ple loved the dog andwhenever hewaswalk-

    ing in the street, they would stop us and ask

    to take pictures of him, Adams adds.

    On the day, Ross was walking the dog just

    before 18:00 when he was approached by

    Moos.

    Ross says Moos threatened him, saying:

    Jy gaan sien wat maak ek met daai hond.

    That afternoon when I walked Donkie,

    Moos came out of his yard when he untied

    his two pitbulls. He intended for them to

    fight and when his two dogs attacked Donk-

    ie, he retaliated by wanting to bite back,

    Ross says.

    When Moos saw that Donkie was going

    to bite back, he grabbed the leash of one of

    his dogs and started hitting Donkie in the

    head. It was a thick and heavy leash he used,

    Ross says.

    Minutes later, Ross adds, Moos pulled out

    a knife and started stabbing Donkie.

    When he pulled out the knife I pulled

    Donkie towards me so we could get away,

    but Moos had already started stabbing him.

    He stabbed the dog seven times, Ross says.

    While Moos stabbed the dog, Ross says he

    had no choice but to run away and leave the

    dog behind. I tried to save Donkie by tug-

    ging at his leash to get away fromMoos, but

    I was unsuccessful. It looked as if this infuri-

    atedMoos. I then had to run formy own safe-

    ty because I was scared he might stab me

    too, says Ross, who is still shaken.

    Ross is now receiving counselling after

    the incident. Adams saysMoos has a history

    of animal abuse.

    A casewas reported to theGrassyParkPo-

    lice Station and Moos was arrested, but was

    released again, Adams explains.

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    HEALTH

    Hookah: call for clarity

    MONIQUE DUVAL

    @monique_duval

    A

    s the use of hookah pipes in restau-

    rants and other venues becomes more

    popular, the City of Cape Town is lob-

    bying for legislative clarity on the matter.

    According to a statement, the City will be

    escalating its efforts this year for legislative

    clarity on the wide array of alternative

    smoking devices and habits that have be-

    come commonplace in South Africa.

    Tobacco Act

    Benedicta van Minnen, City Mayoral

    Committee Member for Health, says earlier

    this year the City solicited legal opinion

    from the national health department about

    the use of electronic or e-cigarettes, but says

    this continues to be a grey area as there are

    no provisions for these items in the Tobacco

    Control Amendment Act.

    When it comes to the smoking of ciga-

    rettes, Van Minnen says the legislation is

    very clear and the City is seeking similar

    clarity onhookahpipes and e-cigarettes. In

    the absence of legislation, there is nothing

    that prevents establishments from renting

    hookah pipes to patrons or the pipes being

    used in areas where smoking would other-

    wise not be allowed, she explains.

    Health

    Van Minnen further highlights research

    done on the effects of hookah pipe smoking.

    She explains in the most

    recent study in America, it

    was found that 39% of teen-

    agers and young adults who

    had previously smoked

    hookah pipes went on to

    smoke cigarettes. Hookah

    pipes are very popular in

    Cape Town, not just among

    adults, but also children be-

    cause there is a perception

    that the flavoured tobacco is

    somehow not harmful. To-

    bacco is tobacco, no matter

    what the flavour. We need to

    be more mindful as a society

    about the burden were plac-

    ing on the healthcare sys-

    tem.

    With high levels of respi-

    ratory diseases such as tu-

    berculosis, VanMinnen says

    authorities have to make ev-

    ery effort to combat these.

    Officials from the Citys health depart-

    ment have met with researchers from both

    UCT and the UWC. The consensus is that

    while the research is not definitive, smok-

    ing hookah pipes is harmful to the health

    of an individual. The researchers are also

    in agreement that nicotine remains one of

    the most addictive substances, especially

    for young people, says Van Minnen.

    Effects

    According to a fact sheet by the South Af-

    rican Medical Research Council (MRC)

    smoke from a hookah pipe is not better than

    cigarette smoke because it passes through

    water. This is because, like cigarette smoke,

    hookah smoke contains poisons including

    nicotine, tar, carbonmonoxide, arsenic and

    lead.

    The sheet covers a variety of topics in-

    cluding the long-termhealth effects of smok-

    ing hookah. It says smoking hookah can be

    as addictive as cigarettes and the long-term

    effects include cancers of the mouth, lungs

    and bladder or a heart attack.

    In addition the spread of other diseases

    are often linked to smoking

    hookah as the pipe is shared

    among smokers.

    The sheet also outlines the

    effects of secondary smoke

    from a hookah pipe which

    non-smokers, in this in-

    stance, are exposed to.

    Children whose parents

    smoke hookahs are more

    likely to have lung infections

    than children whose parents

    do not, it reads.

    Study

    According to a study con-

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