7 abused horses rescued in Soweto

2012-05-03 13:06

Johannesburg - Seven horses were rescued by the police, Johannesburg metro police, the SPCA and environmental affairs department in Zola, Soweto, on Thursday, Gauteng police said.

Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said they held a joint operation at 05:00 at a hotspot where metal theft, rape, and the dismantling of stolen cars was apparently taking place.

He said the horses, which were in "very bad condition", had been used by thieves to pull carts containing stolen metal and car parts. They were in the care of the SPCA.

Everything else on the site had been removed and the shelters there had been destroyed.

"The people present ran away when they saw police approaching," said Makhubela.

No arrests had been made and police were investigating, he said.

  • KallieHungBal - 2012-05-03 13:35

    Another LMAO at SAPD. If this was such a huge operation, why wasn't the property/area surrounded by cops, snipers and the dog squad? Do your preparation better SAPD. Time and money wasted.

  • Olivia - 2012-05-03 13:37

    Ok the grammar sucks but at least the story is something good. Animals being rescued in a country like South Africa where abuse runs rampant shows there are people that still care.

  • Deon - 2012-05-03 13:50

    Too many Inn's can make you drunk.

  • Junebugg - 2012-05-03 13:56

    The comments about Grammar made my day LMAO , News24 readers are special lol

      sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-05-03 14:08

      Thanx Junebugg now I need to work on my spelling

  • Siann - 2012-05-03 14:03

    Hope the horses will be ok

  • Preshen - 2012-05-03 14:05

    house power

  • cheree.cox - 2012-05-03 14:16

    Well done on the SPCA an metro on the rescue of these precious horses ... Now catch these bastards an hand them to us (the public) for there TORTURE PUNISHMENT till there DEATH ... Hope an pray these horses will find the most warm an lovin home ... As they DESERVE to be treated properly an loved ...

  • Donovan De Swardt - 2012-05-03 14:25

    since when did cops not run after fleeing suspects? just wondering

      Bob - 2012-05-03 14:43

      Donavan, you having a laugh, have you seen the state of the average copper, there used to be a rule in the UK where a policeman had to be at least 5' 8" tall before he would be accepted into the force, here I think a similar rule applies, they have to be at least 40kg overweight before they can be accepted.

  • Mary - 2012-05-03 14:31

    If you really care, please support HHCU (Highveld Horse Care Unit). Every little bit helps.

  • KallieHungBal - 2012-05-03 14:36

    Typical of SAPD. They go out on a mission to catch rapists and car thieves and return home with 7 hungry horses.

  • En - 2012-05-03 15:40

    Interesting how the earlier comments about the bad grammar in the original title have been removed. We were all just pointing out the editor's mistake. What happened 2 media freedom and the right of citizens to express themselves? Or is it only media freedom when it makes you look good News24? Just a thought.

  • nishan.sitlu - 2012-05-03 15:52

    Poor horses, forced into a life of crime...

  • sasekile - 2012-05-03 16:58

    Well done for rescuing the poor horses

  • Megan - 2012-05-03 18:26

    So glad that some of the country's many abused horses have been saved! Hope this incident is used as an example so that more horses can be rescued. Hope the horses all find good homes!

      Jaco - 2012-05-15 16:43

      Good day all some of these comments are realy rediculous I was on the site the day we clered the site the report is not 100% correct but it is there... some of you act like it is not important.... the police were there and actualy stopped some people from taking the horses and DONKIES so we could load them!!!!

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