SPCA wins animal anti-cruelty war

2016-07-05 06:00
Photo: supplied An emaciated dog that was denied veterinary attention. SPCA will now be able to prosecute the offender.

Photo: supplied An emaciated dog that was denied veterinary attention. SPCA will now be able to prosecute the offender.

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THE SPCA inspectors and field officers work around the clock to respond swiftly and professionally to assist animals in need. As part of their training, they respectfully educate people as far as possible when it comes to the prevention of cruelty to animals.

However, there are certain horrific circumstances of animal abuse and cruelty where inspectors will lay charges against perpetrators in terms of the Animals Protection Act 71 of 1962.

Once the SPCA has handed all of the relevant documentation over to the authorities and a case number is assigned, they await feedback from the public prosecutor with regards to the prosecution.
Cheri Cooke, SPCA inspectorate, said that they have recently been inundated with correspondence from the community wanting to know the outcome of their case.
“Some of these cases date back as far as 2014. We wish to inform our donors and supporters that our inspectors have worked tirelessly to ensure that the dockets are as complete as possible and we have also been frustrated with the lack of answers.

“The Kloof and Highway SPCA are pleased to report that we have met with key representatives of the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court. Understanding our concerns, a decision was made to allocate one specific prosecutor to deal with all matters pertaining to the Animals Protection Act,” she said.

“The channel of communication between the court and the SPCA will be improved with inspectors assisting wherever possible with Prosecutor Guided Investigations. We look forward to working together for the justice of those animals who suffer at the hands of man.”
The Kloof and Highway SPCA would like to thank the community for the invaluable support provided to the inspectorate team.

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