At last - justice for injured dog

Posted on 11/24/2016 1:20:30 PM


A case of cruelty opened in January this year finally resulted in a successful conviction yesterday, when the accused was found guilty and sentenced to a fine of R6 000, half of which is suspended for a period of 5 years on condition that the accused is not convicted of a similar offence, or 12 months in prison. The accused was also denied the right to own any animals for the next 5 years.

It was a victory for our Inspectorate Manager, Candice Sadayan, who worked long and hard – liaising with the Investigating Officer (SAP) and prosecutors, and appearing several times in the Verulam Court – in order to get justice for the animal in question, a dog that was brought to our Phoenix branch for euthanasia by the accused’s son. The dog had severe injuries to its face, with a large deep wound which must have caused extreme pain. The wound had become infected and was crawling with maggots, indicating that it had been like that for some time without any kind of veterinary treatment.

The receptionist brought the injury to the attention of our veterinarian and Inspectorate and the owner was charged with neglect and failure to render adequate veterinary treatment. Although sadly the dog had to be put to sleep in order to release it from its suffering, we feel relieved that a strong message of censure has been sent, that will hopefully let this man and others know that cruelty to animals will not be tolerated.

Animal Angle

Read the latest issue of our official Durban & Coast SPCA magazine online

Shirley's Blog

Shirley Bell, editor of Animal Angle, writes specially for us about animal issues

Subscribe to our newsletter

Recent Posts

Amanzimtoti: 031 904 2424/5

Dolphin Coast (Ballito): 083 659 5482/082 374 9905

Dundee & District: 034 212 2851

Empangeni: 034 792 9129/078 306 1439 (Emergencies)

Eshowe: 035 474 4169

Estcourt: 36 352 1476/083 555 9758 (Emergencies)

Greytown: 033 413 1181/033 413 1522

Howick: 033 330 4557/033 330 2672

Kloof & Highway: 031 764 1212

SPCA Inspector

Kokstad: 082 771 7229

Lower South Coast: 039 312 0962

Mooi River & District: 033 263 1526

Newcastle: 034 318 2346

Phoenix (Avonford Crescent) : 031 500 6452

Pietermaritzburg: 033 386 9267/8/9

Richards Bay: 035 753 2086

Sani: 033 702 1884