cruelty: Eastern cape Teacher fined for dragging dog behind his car

2009-07-15 00:00

EASTERN Cape teacher Andile Jezile was yesterday fined R3 000 (or 18 months’ imprisonment), half of which was suspended for five years, after being found guilty of animal cruelty.

Jezile was found to have dragged a dog behind his car after it allegedly bit his son.

The SPCA spokesman in Kokstad, Douglas Wolhuter, said he does not feel the sentence is adequate given the nature of the crime. He added that the sentence will do little to deter offenders.

“Our only solace is the fact that he now has a criminal record, which will hopefully dissuade him from carrying out that type of action again,” said Wolhuter.

Police and the local SPCA were alerted to the incident by witnesses who saw Jezile drag the dog and then dump it in the bush.

Chris Kuch from the NSPCA told The Witness that the dog was found bleeding profusely from the head, mouth and body.

About 90% of the dog’s tongue was severed near the base as a result of being dragged along the tar road, while the dog’s paws were cut and grazed.

The Witness could not publish the pictures of the dog because they were so disturbing.

The dog had to be put down .

Asked to comment on the actions of Jezile, a teacher, the national Education Department said it needed time, while the Eastern Cape department was not available for comment.

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