Reward to find ‘serial’ animal killers

2016-01-21 06:00
: At least three birds, including the one pictured here, have been found alive with the needle-like projectiles lodged in their bodies. PHoto: ANNATJIE ERASMUS

: At least three birds, including the one pictured here, have been found alive with the needle-like projectiles lodged in their bodies. PHoto: ANNATJIE ERASMUS

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A reward of over R6 500 is on offer to bring “serial” animal torturers and killers to justice.

JBay Crime Watch, with the help of local businesses and residents, have stumped up the money for information leading to the prosecution of unknown assailants who are respectively shooting birds with a blow-gun and poisoning cats since the beginning of the year.

Avid animal lovers Suzanne Kruger and Carine White, who recently launched the JBay Crime Watch Facebook Page, made it their mission to ride the culprits to book.

And it all started with a single post.

After becoming aware of several incidents where birds and cats suffered at the hands of residents, White appealed to local businesses to sponsor a nice reward. “Like a decent meal for two with a bottle of wine thrown in. Maybe about R500?,” she posted on their Facebook Page.

Within minutes businesses and residents started responding by pledging money towards the cause, and pledges are still coming in.

“We would never have anticipated such an overwhelming response. It is heart-warming to see that such a majority of residents care for our animals and are willing to assist to apprehend those guilty to this type of cruelty,” says White.

“We as a community might have our differences, but when it counts, we all stand together. Together we can catch the people shooting animals with darts and poisoning cats.”

Since beginning January, White and Kruger received several reports of pigeons found in the area with 7.5- to 10-centimeter metal darts through their bodies. “At least three birds were found alive with the needle-like projectiles lodged in their bodies. This is just horrifying,” says Suzanne Kruger from JBay Crime Watch

According to Kruger, the birds were spotted in Uys Street.

“It appears that the darts were fired from a blow-gun. The injuries are likely to worsen and become infected, resulting in a painful death.”

Kruger says they furthermore received reports about three cats that suffered a horrible death after being poisoned in the vicinity of C-Place since January.

According to Kruger, she fully understands the frustration residents suffer from the presence of stray cats, but poisoning these cats is not the answer.

“They can rather contact me and I will put them in touch with someone who is qualified to trap, rescue and release these cats to good homes after they have been sterilised.”

According to Kruger, the reward will only be claimed from the various businesses and individuals once the culprit or culprits have been successfully apprehended.

Anyone with information or those wanting more information, contact Kruger at 079 506 8748 or White at 082 781 1264.

All information received will be treated confidentially.

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