‘Neighbour shot my cat’

2016-02-02 06:00
Nahla, Wayne Cleinwerck’s cat, which was allegedly shot by his neighbour this weekend. The cat is still missing.

Nahla, Wayne Cleinwerck’s cat, which was allegedly shot by his neighbour this weekend. The cat is still missing.

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A Diep River resident has opened a case against a neighbour for domestic animal cruelty as the cat owner claims his pet had been shot with a pellet gun.

Wayne Cleinwerck says his cat was injured on Friday this past weekend at about 20:00.

Cleinwerck says he received a call from his body corporate chairperson, who informed him that one of his neighbours had shot his cat Nahla in the shared communal garden area.

“When we got home we called the Diep River police station and searched for our cat. When we confronted the man with the police present he admitted to shooting our cat and claimed that he brought her body inside but that the injured cat later ran away (which is) a very unlikely story as an injury resulting from a close-range shot from a high-pressured rifle would be fatal to a small cat,” he says.

Cleinwerck says an eyewitness reported that she heard a loud bang. When she went to the window she witnessed the accused take the cat, which was covered in blood, inside.

“He later came up to her flat and admitted to shooting the cat and told her not tell anyone about it,” Cleinwerck says.

The police confiscated the suspect’s rifle and briefly browsed the inside of his flat, but without a proper search warrant they could not conduct a thorough search.

Further in his police statement Cleinwerck says: “It is of great importance that we take this seriously. In the event anyone (kids included) could have gotten injured by the irresponsible use of this weapon.

“The apartment block is animal-friendly where all are familiar with each other’s animals. Many of our neighbours left their homes to help us search for (the cat’s) body, but sadly we did not find her.”

The neighbour will appear in the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court on Thursday. There will be a demonstration outside the court with other concerned animal activists from the Cat Trapping Association and other related groups.

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