Man arrested for cruelty to animals
Johannesburg - A man was arrested in Klerksdorp on Friday for transporting a cow "tied up like a slave" on a trailer, the SPCA said.
The man's car, towing the trailer, broke down near a local filling station and he left the animal tied down in the sun for more than two hours, local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals inspector Leana Barnard said in a statement.
North West police spokesperson Captain Adele Myburgh said the man told the police he had bought the cow in Hartbeesfontein and was transporting it to Johannesburg to be slaughtered at a funeral ceremony.
When the owner returned to the car he was arrested in terms of the Animals Protection Act and could face charges of animal cruelty.
"He has been released on [a] warning and the docket will be sent to the director of public prosecutions for a decision," she said.
Barnard said the cow was tied up with nylon rope, which had started to cut into the flesh, in a trailer not suited for transporting animals.
"The animal’s face and legs were swollen up because the ropes were so tight, blocking the blood circulation. This is the worst form of transportation I have ever seen and think it is barbaric."
The cow was confiscated by the Klerksdorp SPCA.