Dog owner in court for animal cruelty

2011-12-12 14:30

Johannesburg - The sentencing of a woman accused of animal cruelty was postponed in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court on Monday.

This was after 34-year-old Antoinette van Wyk's lawyer objected to a social worker's report presented to the court ahead of her sentencing, said Community Led Animal Welfare (Claw) spokesperson Cora Bailey.

The woman pleaded guilty to contravening various sections of the Animal Protection Act, including failing to seek medical assistance for the dog or having it put down to avoid unnecessary suffering.

She failed to get medical help for the dog after its leg was ripped off.

Bailey told Sapa recently that correctional supervision as well as a fine were being considered for Van Wyk.

Claw has also requested that the court never allow Van Wyk to own an animal again.

The organisation rescued the animal from Van Wyk in 2009 after a call from her neighbours, who said the dog had lain in the driveway for at least 24 hours with its leg ripped off at the hip joint.

The Jack Russell terrier's wound was infected with maggots indicating it had been injured for a while.

Bailey said the dog, once rescued, received the best medical care available but it was too late to save it.

It was never established how it was injured, but it was believed that it had been hit by a car.

  • cheryl.kristiansen - 2011-12-12 14:45

    And apparently she has children; what kind of an example is this thing setting? i hope she has to clean dog poop at CLAW for the next year.

      Michelle - 2011-12-12 14:52

      I don't think that would help. People like her have no empathy for another's suffering! She should never be allowed to own a pet ever again!! She's a cruel, heartless b!tch who let a poor dog suffer. She should be repaid in kind!!

      Daniel - 2011-12-12 14:53

      Make that next 5 years

      Kevin - 2011-12-12 14:56

      she should suffer by eating maggots for the rest of her life - 2011-12-12 15:10

      These things happen everyday in the villages, no one ever gets sentenced for their own dogs. They dont even have hospitals. Thank you I am not white. - 2011-12-12 15:14

      They leave people who commit real crime,. Rapists, drug smugglers

      Rainbow - 2011-12-12 15:50

      They say you can judge how a person treats people by the way they treat animals. Clearly this woman shouldnt even have kids.

      J-Man - 2011-12-13 12:30

      Disgusting. If I ever came across a person like this....they'll be the one lying in the driveway...covered in maggots. F***ing heartless savages.

  • Jason - 2011-12-12 14:52

    Antoinette van Wyk - what kind of sick f*ck are you?? Siss on you, what the effing hell could a dog do to you, to let it suffer like this and eventually die?? YOU will get your day!!

  • Daniel - 2011-12-12 14:53

    They say you are not allowed to hate people...but I hate her, FULL STOP

  • vanessa.mary.jones - 2011-12-12 14:54

    Absolutely disgusting, fine and correctional supervision?

  • Theresa - 2011-12-12 14:56

    It boggles the mind that someone can do that to an animal.She deserves to rot in jail!Wonderful example you set for your children...stupid scum!

  • gail.longano - 2011-12-12 15:03

    I wish you, vile creature, Antoinette van Wyk, nothing more and nothing less than the same dying days as you saw fit to punish that little helpless animal to, second by drawn-out second. I leave you in God's Hands.

  • kazlynn - 2011-12-12 15:03

    Put the bitch in jail and bury the key!!!

  • Laurie Grobler - 2011-12-12 15:08

    Send her to china for a little injection

      gail.longano - 2011-12-12 15:28


      Jackie - 2011-12-12 16:37

      Yes!!!!!!!!!!! Absolutely! Hell I will sell my house to buy her a plane ticket!

  • Leanne - 2011-12-12 15:09

    People get away with abusing animals because they are given fines and a slap on the wrist. What is even worse is the amount of stories like this all over over the past few months including a raped dog. Its absolutely sickening. Is there no justice for animals?

  • acsteyn - 2011-12-12 15:10

    People like this are tantamount to being able of arranging genocide. They need to be committed to a mental institution for serious observation. If this the level of compassion they choose to meet out to a defenceless animal injuries to other living creatures such as humans would be a greater "kick".

  • EyesEars - 2011-12-12 15:10

    First give me the story behind the story and then I'll make up my own mind before judging her.

      Thomas - 2011-12-12 16:04

      No doubt that leaving any animal to die that way is cruel and that there should be punishment involved, serious enough to give would be animal abusers a change of heart. However wanting a human being mutilated and kill over letting a dog die is over the top. The Irony is: that the people that are wanting Ms van Wyk to be disposed of in a cruel and unusual manner are the same people that are accusing her of being heartless???

  • Tyron - 2011-12-12 15:14

    put her in a cage with some rough dogs!! and leave her there to die!!!

  • Billy - 2011-12-12 15:18

    You are low woman!!!! WTF?????

  • Ross - 2011-12-12 15:19

    Incidents like this have to be curbed for good. Ask yourself who is the animal?? Disgusting, people like this should be sent to prison, period!!

  • northsgn - 2011-12-12 15:20

    rip her leg off see how she feels

  • Sharon - 2011-12-12 15:26

    Why remove my comment News24.? are u family of the sicko wannabe human??

  • gail.longano - 2011-12-12 15:29

    I found someone on facebook by her name who lives in krugersdorp and went to Ontdekkers High School. Wonder if perchance it could be the same "young lady"? Mmmmmm

      Thomas - 2011-12-12 16:16

      let the stalking begin!

      Thomas - 2011-12-12 16:41

      Gail: are we going to reading about you on News24 as well?

  • FormulaSA - 2011-12-12 15:33

    How we treat animals, children and those who are unable to defend themselves is a reflection on society. Lets let how we treat the defenceless reflect a caring society.

  • Amanda - 2011-12-12 16:10

    so what was the lawyer objection to in the social workers report?

  • Jackie - 2011-12-12 16:34

    OMG! I actually want to rip her limbs off myself & leave her to suffer. What an absolute idiot, moron, waste of oxygen! If she does have kids they must be taken away from her before she teaches them her ways. There is no fine high enough for people like this. There is no suffering great enough for them either. An we are supposed to be the educated species??? Whatever

  • Elaine - 2011-12-12 22:10

    Absolutely awful story, she deserves to be punished in the harshest possible way! what a cruel and heartless person she is, but also how could those neighbours have left he dog there for 24 hours without finding out why she had just left it there to suffer so! if they had approached her as soon as they saw the poor dog and she had shown no interest why did they not help the poor dog themselves, this also makes me so angry...

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