Teen poachers: Dassie wasn’t shot dead

2008-06-30 00:00

The dassie seized by the SPCA from a group of boys with hunting dogs on Saturday was not shot dead.

SPCA senior inspector Daniel Stewart said yesterday that x-rays revealed that the four holes on the back of its neck were bite marks from one of the dogs.

Five of a group of 13 minors were caught allegedly hunting dassies in the Clarendon area on Saturday.

It is alleged that the boys, between the ages of 10 to 15, regularly hunted dassies using dogs. Concerns were raised that the boys may have been armed after shots were heard in the area after the boys were seen entering the vacant land off Roberts Road.

The boys said they sold the dassies for R30 each. One said that his parents were eating dassie meat.

Stewart told The Witness that a meeting was held yesterday to determine how best to deal with the children following the offence.

He said they have met with the police and parents of the children to come up with an innovative way of educating the children about the cruelty of their actions.

Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram confirmed yesterday that no charges have yet been laid against the boys.

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