MSPCA Mauritius

Yet another slap for Mauritius! The cruelty of the Mauritian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) has been exposed in a recent investigative report of the Daily Mail. Mauritius is known for its pristine beaches, tranquil setting, and tourist accommodations. The island nation sees as many as 200,000 travellers a year, and like most alluring locations, Mauritius also has a dark side and which is obviously so well hidden by the government.

In an effort to control the population of dogs on the island—an estimated 200,000 animals—the local government has created an organization named the Mauritian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) and this so-called protective organisation has been operating since years, in Mauritius.

Don’t be fooled by the official-sounding name; an undercover investigation reveals the society is anything but humane, and promotes cruelty rather than prevents it.  The dog wardens have been given a quota of 100 dogs a day to remove from the streets. This ridiculously high number doesn’t mean less strays on the road; it means an increased likelihood of pets being snatched from their yards.

In the investigation, surveillance revealed 80 percent of the pets at the dog pound were owned animals. The dogs had collars and tags with clear addresses. Regardless of ownership, each canine was given three days at the facility before being injected with a lethal medication and left to die in a dark cell.

MSPCA Cruelty Mauritius

An average of 20,000 dogs are killed on the island each year and buried in a communal grave. The method of euthanization is not like the pain-free experience in a veterinary hospital!

Many of the dogs are administered injections in inappropriate locations by way of inappropriate methods. Even if the lethal injection is the correct substance, if it is not given directly into the vein, death can be prolonged and incredibly painful, especially at the site of the injection.

According to the inside investigation, most of the dogs killed at the country’s pound took hours to die and seemed to be in great discomfort.

During the three days the dogs are alive, they are kept in cramped kennels, covered in their own waste, fighting over a single bowl of food and water. The dog catchers patrol the fenced areas armed with sharp metal rods used to discipline any dogs that seem to be too loud or rambunctious.  In the far corner of the facility, puppies huddle together whining and depressed.

Pet owners have little recourse when it comes to the “island cleanup”. If their pets are taken by the dog patrol, they are expected to pay half a month’s worth of salary to get the animal back.

Most Mauritians can’t afford to rescue their pets. One woman, who was staying on the island for an extended period of time, adopted two dogs and was playing with them on the beach. She was shocked when dog control officers ran down onto the sand, grabbed her dogs and hurled them into the back of a van. When she tried to stop the men, they informed her that because the dogs were not on a leash they were automatically considered strays.

Experts agree the cruelty on the island is unnecessary.

French actress Brigitte Bardot told the Island nation she would pay for the mass sterilization of strays, but her offer was refused.

Local and global experts agree that sterilization would easily remedy the problem.  So far, MSPCA has not returned phone calls from the media and is playing the sick-dead to all media reports and as it is, we are obviously not going to stop it right here too.

Photo credit: Daily Mail.

13 Response Comments

  • Julie  January 23, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    The new government in Mauritius is instigating Catch and Kill again. From Monday they will be rounding up beach dogs (many of which have been sterilized by private individuals, Paws, SOS). The appalling treatment of these animals is one of the reasons why I could never return to Mauritius, and I tell everyone I meet of the atrocities that happen on a daily basis in Mauritius. As a dog lover I fostered many dogs (some who found homes in UK and Germany, some in Mauritius), had many more sterilised, treated and vaccinated. I am now in the UK with my three beautiful Mauritian specials. I urge you to petition the Mauritian government to stop this senseless policy and to revert to the mass sterilisation campaign. Let the Government know that you will not be holidaying in Mauritius – hit them where it hurts.

  • Jayne Conner  January 23, 2015 at 1:50 am

    I visited MRU in August 2014. I was heartbroken by the suffering street dogs and adopted a gorgeous dog in October. I wrote to various Animal Welfare Organisations and was informed that the USA charity HSI (Humane Society International) were to commence a mass sterilisation program in November. I was hopeful that things were taking a turn, only to discover that the evil, barbaric Catch and Kill policy is starting again as of next week (January 2015). Many of these doomed dogs are sterilised! I will never ever visit MRU ever again. The policies are flawed and promote evil, uncivilised practices towards innocent, beautiful, gentle animals, who never asked to be born. The government should be ashamed of themselves. Hardly educated now intelligent solutions.

  • Nirvana Buramdoyal  May 2, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Can anybody confirm if dog slaughter has finally been replaced by sterilisation? I hear one thing and then another thing. I am a Mauritian and I strongly support the decision of all those who are boycotting my country till this carnage will not stop.

  • Danny M  January 9, 2014 at 8:29 am

    I think that this reporter is being very biased. I understand everyone’s outrage, and I have a dog and loves him with all my heart. But if it is he law to keep your pet on a leash, then you have to have him on a leash on public grounds. Why is that so difficult? If tourism is a huge industry there, then it is paramount to keep away “strays” and dogs without a leash.

    • Sue Ricketts  January 15, 2014 at 1:34 am

      Yes humans cause the problem of strays everywhere.It is not so much about nuetering but never allowing ones dog to roam to reproduce. In the end the unwanted animals pay with their lives

  • Shirley  November 19, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Isnt there some law against this? Another thing, the way pet dogs are mistreated like kept on very short leashes sometimes in the sun with inadequate shelter and with no water source.
    If only there was a way to educate on how to look treat dogs (and other animals too) Something to change Mauritius’ conscience to a new level of love for dogs

  • Y.R  July 10, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    can i have any contact number for dog control please?

  • D.  January 24, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    This article really shocked me. I never knew of such cruelty actually existing in Mauritius.
    This is awful…

  • Raïna  October 24, 2012 at 9:54 pm


    I am a reporter from Le Matinal and I found your article quite interesting. I am actually gathering info for a report on the MSPCA… Is it possible to ask you for some info, or at least, where you got the info from?


    • jay  March 2, 2013 at 10:44 pm

      raina if u want some info email me

  • lavina surroop  September 15, 2012 at 9:15 am

    i want to know what happens if a neighbour make a complaint against my dog to the mspca………..that my dog is to noisy………… what are z actions aretaken by the mspca?

    • Kurt Avish  September 15, 2012 at 10:23 am

      Legally nothing. The MSPCA has nothing to do about noisy dogs in their own yard. It’s similar to having a noisy neighbor, you can’t call the cops to say he is noisy and he must move out. It’s his right. However if your dog is being noisy on the street and someone report about it, then the MSPCA can take action.

  • Justine card  April 14, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Will never visit Mauritius after reading this.



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