Victory for the SPCA

2015-10-06 06:00
Dianne Ritchie-Ingram earlier this year when her animals were confiscated.
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Dianne Ritchie-Ingram earlier this year when her animals were confiscated. Photo: supplied

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THERE was a small victory at the Durban Regional Court on Tuesday when Dianne Ritchie-Ingram was found guilty on charges of animal cruelty that had been laid against her by the Durban and Coast SPCA.

In March Ingram pleaded guilty to seven counts of animal cruelty in the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court on charges of animal cruelty that were laid against her by the Kloof and Highway SPCA.

Ingram received a fine of R3 000 per count, R21 000, half of which is suspended for three years subject to Ingram not being found guilty of the same offence.

Ingram was also found unfit to possess or be in charge of any animal for 10 years. The magistrate ordered that Ingram pay back the outstanding vet account to the Kloof and Highway SPCA immediately and she now has a criminal record. No payment to date has been received from her by the Kloof and Highway SPCA for the outstanding vet account.

During the case on Tuesday Ingram was found guilty as charged and sentenced to a fine of R1 000 or one year imprisonment which is wholly suspended for five years on condition she is not found guilty of the same offence.

Barbara Patrick, Kloof andamp; Highway SPCA manager said: “We take comfort in the fact that no more animals will be subjected to animal cruelty by Dianne and that the public and their animals are protected from her.”

The Kloof andamp; Highway SPCA will continue to monitor cases of animal cruelty, but also rely on the public to report any cases of animal cruelty that they witness. The Kloof andamp; Highway SPCA can be contacted on 031 764 1212/3

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