Six men arrested for duiker poaching

2009-10-08 00:00

SIX men were arrested and 17 hunting dogs impounded after they were caught red-handed with the carcass of a duiker at Copesville on Tuesday.

Maureen Vida, SPCA spokesperson, said that on Tuesday morning the Pietermaritzburg SPCA received a call from SA Police Service radio control asking for assistance with an incident involving people suspected of hunting with dogs in the Copesville area.

Vida said SPCA senior inspector Jeanette Salzwedel went to the scene and found one of the suspects with three dogs and the carcass of a young duiker. He was arrested after admitting to the SPCA and the police that he and a few others were hunting with their dogs. “He had been told by the others to wait with the carcass while they continued to hunt,” said Vida.

Mark Enslin, KZN Wildlife honourary officer, with the SPCA and police, waited for the poachers to return. “After approximately 20 minutes, five other suspects returned with their dogs and were also arrested. All 17 dogs were confiscated and taken to the SPCA for safekeeping,” said Vida.

Police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram confirmed that a case of hunting wild animals without a permit has been opened. Budhram said permission was obtained to take the duiker carcass to a crocodile farm.

Five of the suspects have been detained and will appear in court today, while one, a 16-year-old boy, was released into his parents’ custody.

“The 17 confiscated dogs, once again the innocent victims in this scenario, will await their fate in the kennels at the SPCA until the outcome of the case,” said Vida, adding that she hopes the dogs will not have to spend too long in the kennels.

 

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