Police return dart gun to SPCA

2009-12-09 00:00

THE Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) can now deal with stray dogs and other animals, after its tranquiliser gun was confiscated by the police last week.

The Witness reported yesterday that the dart gun was confiscated by the Alexandra Road police two weeks ago, after SPCA inspector Alec Wylie faced an allegation of having pointed a firearm at a dog owner.

Wylie responded to a report about cruelty to a dog in Oribi Village.

The owner had chained his dog up in the middle of the garden with no kennel or shelter. Wylie threatened to use the dart gun on the dog and take it away if the owner did not unchain it, before the owner complied.

On the same day, Wylie was arrested and released on R500 bail, and the dart gun was confiscated.

The SPCA’s spokeswoman, Maureen Vida, had said they have received numerous calls from the Oribi airport about stray dogs posing a threat to landing and departing aircraft.

Vida said they could not deal with the dogs as their only tranquili­ser gun had been taken away from them, because, according to Vida, the prosecutor on the case against Wylie wanted ballistic tests done on the gun.

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram confirmed that ballistic tests cannot be carried out on the dart gun.

He said that taking it away from the SPCA was required during the investigation, and that the case against Wylie is proceeding.

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