Posted on 2019-09-12 09:04:47
Rango, a German Shepherd, starved to death. By the time we got the tip-off from a concerned neighbour, he was too far gone and despite our best efforts, we weren’t able to save him.
Rango was so weak he could not get up and his skeletal body was bruised all over from lying on the ground with no flesh or muscle to protect him. Our vet immediately administered IV fluids, vitamins and pain meds and clinic staff worked round the clock to try and save him, covering him with warm blankets and turning him on soft pillows to ease his pain.
We offered him words of comfort and stroked him gently to encourage him. But Rango had already given up. He refused to eat anything and there was nothing more we could do for him, except release him from his suffering.
Although it was too late to save Rango, we need to send a clear message to the community that cruelty to animals will not be tolerated. We are pushing for the maximum sentence – a fine of R60 000 or 3 years imprisonment.
The accused appeared in the Phoenix Magistrate’s court on 3 July 2019, when the case was remanded until 26 August. Please consider signing the petition here to add your voice to ours, as we fight on for justice for these horribly abused animals.