Woman arrested for savagely beating dog
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.