Justice for Boyz — Pinetown man pleads guilty to charges of animal cruelty

2019-01-15 06:00

A Pinetown resident pleaded guilty to charges of animal cruelty and the Kloof & Highway SPCA obtained some justice for Boyz, a German Shepherd cross male, recently.

The charges included the chaining of Boyz in such a manner as to cause him unnecessary suffering, failure to provide shelter, withholding water, and failure to procure veterinary treatment.

On November 8, 2016, Inspector Petra Abrams was horrified to find Boyz at a residence in Pinetown on a short chain no longer than 1m long.

Boyz had been left without water or shelter and the short chain was embedded into the skin around his neck, forming a noose-like, raw, severely infected open wound which was approximately 1.5cm deep around his neck. Dr Mary-Anne Anderson, the Veterinarian from the Kloof and Highway SPCA who examined Boyz, advised that he had been suffering so severely over an extended period of time that the most humane decision would be to humanely euthanase Boyz.

Inspectorate Manager Sue Noakes says: “Boyz’ suffering and the extent of his wounds were sadly just too severe for him to be rehabilitated, to be rehomed, which saddened all staff involved as everyone wanted Boyz to be given a second chance to experience love from an owner. That made us fight so much harder to obtain justice for his suffering and give him a voice.”

The case has been remanded for sentencing and a request for denial of ownership was submitted.

The Kloof and Highway SPCA would like to thank the caring members of public who brought Boyz’ plight to their attention and Public Prosecutor Mr Mthethwa who fought alongside the SPCA. — Supplied.


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