Poacher’s trap kills pet dog in sub­ur­ban area

Talk of the Town - - Front Page - ROB KNOWLES

IT was at about 3am on Tues­day when Kris­ten Wa­ters and Kim van Zyl found their 18-month-old dog, Peanut, be­hind the small com­plex in which they live off Beach Road, his front left paw caught in a metal trap.

“I was so up­set,” said a vis­i­bly shaken Wa­ters.

“We searched for over an hour be­fore we found him.”

Wa­ters and Van Zyl had been fin­ish­ing their shift and cash­ing up at the Tab on Wharf Street and only ar­rived home at around 2am.

“As there are no cars about at that time of the morn­ing we usu­ally let the dogs run around a lit­tle be­fore go­ing to bed. But we couldn’t find Peanut any­where, even though we called to him,” ex­plained Wa­ters.

They put the leash on their other dog, Storm, also still a puppy, so they could con­tinue their search, and were al­most dragged to the place where Peanut lay, bleed­ing from his mouth and with his front paw caught in the trap. Wa­ters picked the dog up and, still with the metal trap and chain at­tached to his leg, walked him back to their flat.

“He was still breath­ing, but barely,” Wa­ters ex­plained. “I felt the life leave his lit­tle body as I car­ried him back home.”

Ear­lier dur­ing their search the cou­ple had seen a man they know sit­ting close to where they even­tu­ally found Peanut, and he had told them to look at the other end of the com­plex. They sus­pect this might have been the man who laid the trap in the first place.

Back at home the cou­ple called the SPCA to find out what to do next and were told to call the po­lice as well as the com­mu­nity pro­tec­tion ser­vices direc­torate of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and re­port the in­ci­dent. This they did and, by 11am on Tues­day morn­ing both the po­lice and the mu­nic­i­pal­ity were on the scene.

In the mean­time, they had taken the now life­less puppy to PA Vet’s Leon de Bruyn to have the trap re­moved.

Com­ment­ing on the blood ap­par­ently com­ing from the puppy’s mouth, Wa­ters said De Bruyn stated that this some­times hap­pens when an an­i­mal is caught in a trap and was a sign of shock.

“We had thought that some­one had per­haps kicked the dog in the face to keep it quiet,” said Wa­ters.

“It is [at least] good to know that might not have been the case.” De Bruyn’s prac­tice con­firmed that he would per­form a post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion on Tues­day af­ter­noon to as­cer­tain the ex­act cause of death.

SPCA chair­man Der­ick Kleyn­hans, said in­spec­tor Anel Slab­bert would at­tend to the mat­ter when she re­turned from hol­i­day next week.

He added that this was a de­spi­ca­ble act per­pe­trated by a per­son who had no feel­ings or sen­si­bil­i­ties when it came to the lives and safety of an­i­mals.

“I am dis­gusted,” said Kleyn­hans.

“Trap­ping an­i­mals in this way, and par­tic­u­larly in a com­plex in a res­i­den­tial area where an­i­mals and chil­dren play is not just il­le­gal, it is un­eth­i­cal and rep­re­hen­si­ble.”

Pro­vin­cial SAPS spokes­woman Cap­tain Mali Goven­der was con­tacted for com­ment and she re­sponded that she would find out the po­lice’s po­si­tion on the in­ci­dent and re­port back.


DEATH TRAP: Peanut, the 18-month old pocket Yorkie, was caught in an il­le­gal metal trap in the early hours of Tues­day morn­ing and died a few hours later as a re­sult of shock and his in­juries

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