Owner left dog after its leg was ripped off

2011-11-14 20:00
Johannesburg – The sentencing of a woman who failed to seek medical help for her dog after its leg was ripped off was postponed in Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court on Monday.

"The magistrate postponed sentencing to 09:00 on December 12," said Community Led Animal Welfare (Claw) spokesperson Cora Bailey.

Antoinette van Wyk, 34, was charged with 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 pleaded guilty.

Bailey said the magistrate was considering correctional supervision as well as a fine, but this would be decided at the next court date.

"We have also requested that she never be allowed to own an animal again."

The prosecutor petitioned for Van Wyk to be declared unfit to ever own a firearm.

Bailey said it was difficult to get cases of animal cruelty to court as they were often not taken seriously.

"There is a link between animal cruelty, domestic violence, and other kinds of crime," she said.

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

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

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