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.