Cat woman: SPCA puts down 125 feral felines

2012-04-20 00:00

A SOCIETY for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) employee faces criminal charges under the Animal Protection Act after 125 feral cats had to be euthanised after they were found living in “putrid conditions” at her home in Underberg.

The employee has been suspended from work.

“The cats on her property had been donated to the local SPCA, but had been diverted by the employee to her own property,” said Jaco Pieterse, an SPCA inspector.

Pieterse said that the investigation came after a complaint had been lodged with the Sani SPCA in Underberg.

“The cats had become feral and were breeding.

“They were living in parasitic conditions and filth and the stench in the house was putrid,” Pieterse said.

“It was confirmed that some of the animals had not received treatment.

“Unfortunately, since the cats had been diseased and had all become feral, they had to be euthanised,” Pieterse told The Witness.

Pieterse said she would be charged under the Animal Protection Act.

If found guilty, she faces a R60 000 fine, three years imprisonment, or denial of ownership, meaning she will never be allowed to own animals again, said Pieterse.

“It is with deep disappointment that the NSPCA discovered the situation,” he said.

“The NSPCA believes in transparency and on this basis, these facts are brought to the public attention, upon whose kindness and generosity the SPCA movement relies.

“The role of the NSPCA is to protect animals from cruelty and this includes inspection and monitoring of the homes of staff and committee.”

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