Dog strang­led by neig­hbour

George Herald - - NEWS - My­ron Ra­bi­no­witz

A wo­man ad­mit­ted stran­gling a dog to de­ath, al­le­ging the a­ni­mal had at­tac­ked her. A re­si­dent on a smal­l­hol­ding ne­ar the Gar­den Rou­te Mall call re­cei­ved the up­set­ting call on his birt­hday, T­hurs­day 2 No­vem­ber, in­for­ming him that his neig­hbour, a 30-y­e­ar-old wo­man, had kil­led his be­lo­ved S­taf­fords­hi­re cross jack rus­sell with a pie­ce of wi­re.

Se­ni­or In­spec­tor of the SPCA Sa­lo­me Bruyns was li­vid w­hen she told the Ge­or­ge He­rald a­bout the in­ci­dent. She re­cei­ved a call on the SPCA e­mer­gen­cy num­ber from the dog's o­w­ner saying his dog had been 'mur­de­red'. Bruyns found the de­ad dog tied to a wa­ter pump with the pie­ce of wi­re still a­round its neck. Bruyns does not buy the ex­cu­se of an at­tack.

"W­hat an­ge­red me was that she on­ly had scra­tch marks on her arms, no bi­te wounds. I can't un­der­stand why she ne­ver pho­ned the SPCA if she had a pro­blem with her neig­hbour's dog," said Bruyns. "To strangle a dog is ex­tre­me­ly cru­el - we es­ti­ma­te it ta­kes a­bout fi­ve mi­nu­tes for a dog to die from thrott­ling. She ad­mit­ted to me in front of the po­li­ce that she strang­led the dog."

SPCA vo­lun­ta­ry vet Dr Mo­ni­ca O­li­vier's post mor­tem sta­tes that the dog suf­fe­red grie­vous bo­di­ly harm by di­rect trau­ma as well as being suf­fo­ca­ted whi­le it was still a­li­ve. "The per­son re­spon­si­ble for the­se acti­ons should be pro­se­cu­ted by the law,” she said

Po­li­ce com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons of­fi­cer Const Ra­chel Hen­driks con­fir­med that a ca­se of ma­li­ci­ous da­ma­ge to pro­per­ty has been o­pe­ned. "The sus­pect in this ca­se has not yet been ar­res­ted as the ca­se is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on."

Bruyns said the wo­man must be char­ged un­der the A­ni­mal Pro­tecti­on Act. "No one has the rig­ht to just kill an a­ni­mal."

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