Car thieves poison pets

2012-07-02 00:00

LOYAL to the last, two beloved Jack Russells alerted a Prestbury family that their 4X4 was being stolen before succumbing to poisoned meat the thieves had earlier fed them.

The 4X4 was stolen in the early hours of Friday morning and was found after it crashed, apparently on its way to Mozambique.

The dogs’ owner, Annie Louw, celebrated her birthday on Thursday and awoke early the following morning to the family pets barking. Checking what had disturbed them, she discovered a Toyota Fortuner being stolen from her yard.

Soon afterwards she discovered the dogs had been silenced by the thieves.

“We were woken up at 3 am by the dogs barking. We stood by the window to see what was happening,” Louw told The Witness.

“There was a black Audi driving slowly up and down the street. We thought they were patrolling, but we were later told they drove off after being spotted by police,” she said.

At 3.45 am she went to the bathroom and saw the 4X4 — belonging to Steven Haggard (40), a friend of her daughter’s — slowly backing out of her yard.

“My son was banging on the window and wanted to go out, but I stopped him because you never know if they’re carrying a gun,” she continued.

Louw’s son, Russell (30), said he saw the car reverse out of the driveway, with one of the thieves waiting by the gate, which he closed behind the car.

“They must have had their own key because the car’s alarm didn’t go off,” said Russell.

Later that day the car was found, having been involved in an accident, allegedly as it was making its way for Mozambique.

“The car is a write-off, so I have to deal with the insurance company now,” Haggard told The Witness.

After the thieves had left, Louw alerted her security company, who sent a representative to the house within minutes.

“We were busy talking to one of the armed response guys when they noticed that the dogs had stopped barking.”

On checking them, she found that the dogs, Roxy and Sasha, who belonged to her daughter Penny, had been poisoned.

One was already dead, and the other barely holding on to life.

“The security guy suggested we give it some milk, which we did. It died two minutes after he had put the milk into its mouth,” said Louw.

They found two small pieces of chicken next to the dogs, and suspect it was what the robbers had used to poison them.

“I’m so upset that they had to kill the dogs. They were still quite young dogs,” she said.

SPCA spokesperson Maureen Vida urged people to be “very vigilant” for strangers lurking in their area.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said they were “investigating a case of theft of a motor vehicle”.

He could not confirm that the vehicle had been found.


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.