Dog owner in court for animal cruelty

2011-12-12 14:30
Johannesburg - The sentencing of a woman accused of animal cruelty was postponed in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court on Monday.

This was after 34-year-old Antoinette van Wyk's lawyer objected to a social worker's report presented to the court ahead of her sentencing, said Community Led Animal Welfare (Claw) spokesperson Cora Bailey.

The woman pleaded guilty to contravening various sections of the Animal Protection Act, including failing to seek medical assistance for the dog or having it put down to avoid unnecessary suffering.

She failed to get medical help for the dog after its leg was ripped off.

Bailey told Sapa recently that correctional supervision as well as a fine were being considered for Van Wyk.

Claw has also requested that the court never allow Van Wyk to own an animal again.

The organisation rescued the animal from Van Wyk in 2009 after a call from her neighbours, who said the dog had lain in the driveway for at least 24 hours with its leg ripped off at the hip joint.

The Jack Russell terrier's wound was infected with maggots indicating it had been injured for a while.

Bailey said the dog, once rescued, received the best medical care available but it was too late to save it.

It was never established how it was injured, but it was believed that it had been hit by a car.

- SAPA
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