SPCA emerged victorious against cruelty

2015-09-24 06:00

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The Uitenhage and District SPCA has emerged victorious with recent rulings in favour of the organisation, in two cruelty cases.

“Despite not being able to recover veterinary costs, the SPCA is more than satisfied with the outcome that finally perpetrators of cruelty to animals have been successfully prosecuted and sentenced,” said Deirdre Swift from the SPCA Uitenhage managing board.

This is a huge breakthrough with respect to animal cruelty and is due largely to the efforts and perseverance of their Inspector, Deon Combrink.

The first case, lodged in January 2014 against an owner for cutting off his dog’s leg after it had been hit by a car, has taken 18 months to resolve.

“The owner was found guilty on four counts of animal cruelty and was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for five years. He is also required to perform community service for 16 hours per month for the full duration of the sentence.

“The dog involved was named ‘Precious’ at the time of the incident, but was renamed ‘Gracie’ when she was adopted a week after her ordeal, by her new owner, Colleen Terblanche,” said Swift.

In the second case, the accused admitted to intentionally hitting a German Shepherd female dog on the head with a spade. He was given a R4 000 fine which was reduced to R2 000 or a 12 month prison sentence reduced to 6 months if he did not pay the fine. He was also given a suspended sentence for five years in which he cannot own, or have control or custody of any animals.

“This dog, ‘Shiska’, was at the time nursing a litter of six puppies. She was immediately taken to the vet by Deon and has miraculously made a full recovery. Shiska and her puppies were surrendered to the SPCA and are now available for adoption.

“Successes such as these are rare, but hopefully a precedent has been set in which there will and should be justice for animals as they are undeserving of such cruelty,” said Swift.

The Uitenhage and District SPCA would like to thank all its supporters without whom, these victories could not be achieved.

Open day to facilitate adoptions

The Uitenhage SPCA is hosting an open day with jumble sale on Sunday with the aim to attract the public and facilitate adoptions.

As usual the public are invited to visit the kennels between 10:00 and 12:00 and have a look at all the dogs and cats looking for good homes. Those who do not want to adopt are most welcome to come and browse through all the jumble. By supporting this fundraising effort they will contribute to the financially stricken SPCA.

The Uitenhage SPCA operating times are weekdays from 09:00 to 16:00, Saturdays 08:30 - 12:00 and every second and fourth Sunday between 10:00 and 12:00.

)Enquiries: Uitenhage SPCA 041 922 4528 or 083 516 9652

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