Dog shot dead in Cape Town family's yard

2014-09-10 13:18
Zack (Raqual van Wyk, Facebook)

Zack (Raqual van Wyk, Facebook)

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Cape Town - A Cape Town family is traumatised after their dog was shot dead in their yard at the weekend.

Raqual van Wyk, the owner of a design company, said her 3-year-old dog Zack was playing in the back yard when someone pointed a rifle through the slats of her gate and shot him straight in the heart.

The incident happened soon after they arrived at their Durbanville home on Sunday afternoon.

No one has been arrested but Van Wyk told News24 the suspect is believed to be familiar to the dog, because Zack had a certain type of bark for strangers and a particular kind of bark for those he was familiar with.

It is unknown what kind of rifle the dog was hit with, but it is believed to be a high-powered air rifle.

Van Wyk said the family was in the house at the time of the incident and didn’t hear anything.


The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is appealing for anyone who might have witnessed the shooting to come forward as the organisation can only lay charges against a suspect once they have evidence.

SPCA inspector Moyo Ndukwana said the organisation was taking the matter very seriously.

“Animals have rights. What’s most important for us is [to find out] what the intention of the person who did this was,” Ndukwana said.

Van Wyk said her 5-year-old son was “angry but coping well”. She said the family got the dog from a shelter especially for her son.

Police are investigating the incident.

If you have any information, please contact the Cape of Good Hope SPCA on 021 700 4140 or the Durbanville police station on 021 970 3800.

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