Wo­man ar­res­ted for sa­va­ge­ly be­a­ting dog

George Herald - - News - Br­ü­mil­da Swart­booi

A40-y­e­ar old wo­man from Park­de­ne was ar­res­ted on al­le­ga­ti­ons of cru­el­ty to a­ni­mals on F­ri­day 28 A­pril. “It is al­le­ged that she hit the dog with an ob­ject and al­so tried to strangle the dog. T­his hap­pe­ned af­ter she al­le­ge­d­ly saw the sick dog as a thre­at to her child­ren,” said Sout­hern Ca­pe po­li­ce spo­kes­per­son, Capt Mal­colm Po­jie.

Trai­nee SPCA In­spec­tor Col­leen T­hys­se was de­ploy­ed to the sce­ne. “W­hen I ar­ri­ved, I saw the dog lying un­der a tree. It had col­lap­sed next to a pi­le of rub­bish and a filthy bo­wl con­tai­ning dir­ty wa­ter. It was co­ve­r­ed in flies and had ex­ten­si­ve man­ge and sho­wed no signs of li­fe. On­ly w­hen I lo­a­ded the dog in­to the vehi­cle did I see that it was still bre­a­thing.”

T­hys­se was shoc­ked by the cru­el­ty of the in­ju­ries in­flicted on the dog and its tre­men­dous suf­fe­ring. T­hys­se put the in­ju­red dog out of her mi­se­ry.

Ac­cor­ding to the o­w­ner of the dog the sus­pect, who is bo­ar­ding on the sa­me pre­mi­ses, tried to kill her dog two days pri­or to the 28 A­pril call-out be­cau­se it suf­fe­red from man­ge and had been lying in front of the sus­pect’s hou­se.

The dog sur­vi­ved the vi­ci­ous be­a­ting ba­re­ly - and upon seeing it still a­li­ve two days la­ter, the wo­man a­gain at­tac­ked the dog to try and kill it. W­hen she took out a kni­fe to stab the dog, a friend of the dog’s o­w­ner stop­ped her and cal­led the SPCA.

The SPCA o­pe­ned a ca­se a­gainst the sus­pect. The in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on is on­going.

The sus­pect will ap­pear in court on 22 May on a char­ge of cru­el­ty to a­ni­mals. The sus­pect’s na­me can­not be re­vea­led as she has not ap­pea­red in court yet.

On­ly w­hen I lo­a­ded the dog in­to the vehi­cle did I see that it was still bre­a­thing.

The suf­fe­ring dog, co­ve­r­ed in flies, was found next to a pi­le of rub­bish and a filthy bo­wl con­tai­ning dir­ty wa­ter.

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