Car thieves poison family pets

2012-07-02 14:30

Pietermaritzburg - Loyal to the last, two beloved Jack Russells alerted a Prestbury family that a 4X4 was being stolen from their property before succumbing to poisoned meat the thieves had earlier fed them.

The 4X4 was stolen in the early hours of Friday morning and was found after it crashed, apparently on its way to Mozambique.

The dogs' owner, Annie Louw, celebrated her birthday on Thursday and awoke early the following morning to the family pets barking. Checking what had disturbed them, she discovered a Toyota Fortuner being stolen from her yard.

Soon afterwards she discovered the dogs had been silenced by the thieves.

Car driving slowly up and down road

“We were woken up at 03:00 by the dogs barking. We stood by the window to see what was happening,” Louw told The Witness.

“There was a black Audi driving slowly up and down the street. We thought they were patrolling, but we were later told they drove off after being spotted by police,” she said.

At 03:45 am she went to the bathroom and saw the 4X4 - belonging to Steven Haggard, 40, a friend of her daughter’s - slowly backing out of her yard.

“My son was banging on the window and wanted to go out, but I stopped him because you never know if they’re carrying a gun,” she continued.

Louw’s son, Russell, 30, said he saw the car reverse out of the driveway, with one of the thieves waiting by the gate, which he closed behind the car.

“They must have had their own key because the car’s alarm didn’t go off,” said Russell.

Chicken pieces found

Later that day the car was found, having been involved in an accident, allegedly as it was making its way to Mozambique.

“The car is a write-off, so I have to deal with the insurance company now,” Haggard told The Witness.

After the thieves had left, Louw alerted her security company, who sent a representative to the house within minutes.

“We were busy talking to one of the armed response guys when they noticed that the dogs had stopped barking.”

On checking them, she found that the dogs, Roxy and Sasha, who belonged to her daughter Penny, had been poisoned.

One was already dead, and the other barely holding on to life.

“The security guy suggested we give it some milk, which we did. It died two minutes after he had put the milk into its mouth,” said Louw.

They found two small pieces of chicken next to the dogs, and suspect it was what the robbers had used to poison them.

“I’m so upset that they had to kill the dogs. They were still quite young dogs,” she said.

SPCA spokesperson Maureen Vida urged people to be “very vigilant” about strangers lurking in their area.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said they were “investigating a case of theft of a motor vehicle”.
He could not confirm whether the vehicle had been found.

  • Ian - 2012-07-02 14:41


      Klippies - 2012-07-02 14:47

      I'm so tired of what's going on in this country. How do we fix this people? Realistically, how do we fix it?

      gregory.wellsclifton - 2012-07-02 14:47

      Agree with you except where they must burn. They must burn and burn and scream and beg and plead and cry, and burn and burn until they die the most horrifically painful deat - right here, in public! Vengeful? Absolutely, and no excuses made for feeling that way. The scum are taking over this country, faster and faster, with no regard for anybody or animal.

      rynhardt.ferreira - 2012-07-02 14:52

      Should start feeding them poison and watch them die slowly. F'ing scum of the earth!!

      mlucejko - 2012-07-02 15:23

      So many people have 'guard-dogs' that they keep in the yard.. It is easy for a burglar/criminal to poison those dogs !! Keep Guard-dogs in the house, they will still bark and make a noise, if they hear strange noises near the house !!

      ann.murray.9279 - 2012-07-02 15:40

      Simply put Ian, I agree wholeheartedly!!!!!

      Ian - 2012-07-02 18:17

      @klippies, death penalty for all crimes where animals have suffered, c'mon spca lets do it

  • anton.burger.16 - 2012-07-02 14:59

    “There was a black Audi driving slowly up and down the street. We thought they were patrolling"..."After the thieves had left, Louw alerted her security company" are so stupid, you deserve to get robbed!!!

      roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-07-02 15:28

      They should have alerted their security company immediately and asked them to send someone out because of their suspicions.

      anton.burger.16 - 2012-07-02 15:36

      Exactly Roy, and who in the hell patrols with a black Audi?...duh!!

      Marco - 2012-07-02 18:23

      JMSP (and i dont mean Johannesburg Metro Super Police)

  • Arnoldus.DuToit - 2012-07-02 15:02

    Certain people should be slowly dissolved with acid. They should be injected with something that ceases motor function while NOT dulling the pain then slowly dissolved.

  • Jack - 2012-07-02 15:07

    The only way you can fix it is by moving to a country where Caucasians are the majority. Virtually no crime and surrounded by intelligent people.

      anton.burger.16 - 2012-07-02 15:24

      Or australia...where some South Africans chased off house-robbers armed with automatic rifles.

  • africanwolf - 2012-07-02 15:08

    Close the borders, and reintroduce national military service to patrol the borders, and the streets. this what happens when you have millions of so called asylum seekers, it is impossible to control people without ID and Passports

  • jcadman3 - 2012-07-02 15:20

    This is a prime example as to why dogs should sleep indoors!

      Joe - 2012-07-02 16:41

      yes,its better security too.they'll be too scared to break into a house with a barking dog inside.possessions can be replaced, not your pooch

  • comurray - 2012-07-02 15:23

    I thought poisioning of dogs only happened in Heidelberg/Rensburg Gauteng where it is rife. My own elderly wors hond had the same treatment last year for nothing as my home was not broken into.

      anton.burger.16 - 2012-07-02 15:33

      Was he barking a lot???....maybe it was your neighbours that got sick & tired???

      Marco - 2012-07-02 18:25

      hey anton: J M S P

      phillip.havenga - 2012-07-04 12:07

      anton if it was the neighbours then then they should also be poisoned.

  • max.maxwell - 2012-07-02 15:35

    I have no words to express my anger! Suffice it to say that if I ever catch someone with meat in his pocket lurking around my place, he/she/it will be terminated with extreme prejudice!

  • Joe - 2012-07-02 16:10

    Can't imagine the sadness and anger these people must be feeling.

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-07-02 17:42

    When they catch this 'scum' feed them the same chicken they fed the dogs. The dogs lives are more valuable than theirs anyway.....

  • phillip.havenga - 2012-07-02 17:55

    Please can I poison these bastards, those dogs had more humanity and purpose than the things that killed them ever will.

      Ian - 2012-07-02 18:21

      i will join you, i will forcefood poison down there disgusting throats, dammit i hate people, esp that scum of the earth

  • Marco - 2012-07-02 18:29

    hey poly aka sganja aka anton J M S (STINK) P

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-02 19:02

    These things also have a vote. Of course they will vote for the Party which makes life so easy for them. Rest in peace, our little friends. Hope it was not too painful. You are better than THEM.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-07-02 19:17

    People this is why we have to be alert did anyone get that vehicles registration if there were number plates on the vehicle.Get a new led torch that unit shines far and very bright,shine it into the thugs eyes trust me they will be blind for quite a while.We shouldnt have to do this kind of thing i know but there are plenty ways chase them away and let them know they are being watched...sick bastards.

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  • mariana.corcoran - 2012-08-03 13:24

    i cannot explain how i felt when reading this article of dogs poisoned. May those bastards who dit it die a slow and painfull death. Why do they always have to kill? no matter whether a human or an animal. Take what you want but leave humans and animals alone. Those criminal people are not humans. They are worse than trash. I will wish those criminals the most cruel and brutal death on them. God forgive me but this I cannot accept.

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