Harsh sentence called for culprit who killed dog

2018-06-07 06:00

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA has called for the “harshest possible” punishment against all animal abusers and urges the public to join its bid for justice for local dog, Benjie.

This follows a brutal attack on the dog last month.

SPCA spokesperson, Belinda Abraham, says the society was, on Friday 11 May, alerted to the vicious stabbing of a dog by two men.

“We immediately dispatched one of our inspectors to a home in Khayelitsha to retrieve Benjie’s remains, the distraught owner having buried him after the attack. Benjie’s body was taken directly to the state veterinarian for a post mortem for the purposes of evidence gathering,” says Abraham.

She says there were allegations Benjie bit a child, although it was also alleged that the child had taunted the dog beforehand.

“Either way, individuals must not take the law into their own hands,” Abraham says.

A video depicting the dog’s horrific and violent death went viral on social media last week and Abraham says it had animal lovers everywhere understandably upset.

“Our inspectorate team were able to identify one of the perpetrators and laid charges of animal cruelty against him in terms of the Animals Protection Act.

“We have also appealed to the National Prosecuting Authority for the case to be heard in a regional court where harsher penalties can be imposed,” Abraham says.

On Tuesday 29 May the suspect was arrested and made his first appearance in the Khayelitsha District Court on Wednesday 30 May.

“No matter the circumstances, this is a criminal act and no living being deserves this kind of tortuous death. Children must be educated as to how to responsibly interact with animals in order to prevent provoking animals and adults are responsible for this education,” says Abraham.

The SPCA appeals to members of the public who share their feelings about the case, to speak up in a bid for justice for Benjie.

The locals can go to their nearest police station and complete an affidavit motivating for the courts to consider the imposition of the harshest possible penalty for Benjie’s killers.

The affidavits must be stamped by the relevant police office and submitted to the SPCA as soon as possible for inclusion in the docket. The case number 529/05/2018 Khayelitsha must be stated as a reference in statements.

“We hope to use these statements to highlight the strong public opinion around this case and the sentencing thereof to the presiding magistrate.

Extreme violence against animals is becoming an all too common occurrence in South Africa – as a society we have to step up and demand that our courts serve higher sentences against abusers before more animals like Benjie suffer similar or worse fates,” says Abraham.

Affidavits can be handed in at the SPCA premises in 1st Avenue, Grassy Park from 8:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday, from 8:00 to 15:00 on Saturdays and 8:00 to noon on Sundays.

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