Woman sentenced for animal cruelty

2012-02-09 22:46

Johannesburg - A Krugersdorp woman was given a suspended jail sentence on Thursday for failing to get medical help for her injured dog.

Antoinette van Wyk was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for five years, by the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court, animal welfare groups said.

She was given a further 12 months house arrest, the Community Led Animal Welfare (Claw) and International Fund for Animal Welfare said in a joint statement.

"In addition, Van Wyk will have to pay reparation for the veterinary costs incurred trying to save the dog's life after he was rescued. She is banned from ever owning an animal again and may also never own a firearm."

Van Wyk was found guilty of animal cruelty after leaving her pet dog to suffer after one of its back legs had been ripped off, apparently when he was struck by a car.

Claw rescued the animal - a Jack Russell named Jack - in 2009 after a call from Van Wyk's neighbours, who said the dog had been lying in the driveway for at least 24 hours. Medical intervention was, however, too late.

"No words exist to describe the hell that poor little dog went through, while his owner, the person he would have trusted and relied on the most, simply stepped past him as he lay helpless and tortured by pain," said Claw's Cora Bailey, one of the people who found Jack.

"It is yet another example of how the guardian of the dog inexplicably did not accept the responsibility that comes with owning a pet."

  • Martin - 2012-02-09 23:14

    She got off very lightly. If I was the judge she would be locked up never to see the light of day again.

  • mary.kircher - 2012-02-09 23:48

    I sincerely hope you go straight to Hell

  • Pierpaolo Fabbri - 2012-02-10 00:54

    can u imagine what had this poor dog inside his brain and inside his heart? shame on such woman all her life!!!!!!

  • Amanda-Leigh - 2012-02-10 06:11

    Justice for Jack, at long bloody last!

      Cynthia - 2012-02-10 11:02

      a SMALL measure of justice - I would have been happier without the suspended sentence. Even serving 12 months is a mere slap on the wrist. Hateful, disgusting creature to hurt something that cannot help itself. Ughhhhhh.

  • Michelle - 2012-02-10 06:18

    Rip off one of her legs. What a heartless savage!!

  • Henre Meyer - 2012-02-10 06:29

    Serious punishment for animal cruelty has taken a back seat for way to long. I say well done to the judge for the sentence which was handed down(I'm sure every animal lover wish it was more). How can someone ignore an animal in pain, they are living breathing creatures which feels pain just like us, how do you not see the pain in their eyes.

  • Rob - 2012-02-10 06:39

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” Mahatma Ghandi.

  • sonia.gerber - 2012-02-10 06:39

    Well here's hoping they do the same thing to her in jail, she deserves nothing less!

      Janice - 2012-02-10 07:40

      Shes unfortunately not going to jail.

      Cynthia - 2012-02-10 11:11

      Sad thing Sonia, the disgusting person has escaped jail - got a suspended sentence. I hope they watch her like the proverbial hawk!

  • Breinlekkasie - 2012-02-10 07:11

    Why was the dog out on the street in the first place? I just can't understand what dog owners think when they have their dog running in the streets. That alone should be an offence!

  • surita.coetzer - 2012-02-10 07:17

    People like this woman must suffer they way that she let that poor animal suffer. She got off very lightly. If we dont stand up for our animals how will. It just proof again that we cant even care or have any compassion for any living thing not for our children nor our animals.

  • Vivian - 2012-02-10 07:20

    Geez this is hectic, why abuse animals like this, evil witch

  • Barbara - 2012-02-10 07:21

    The best thing to do to you is to lie you out after gushing your leg off, you a cruel brainless idiot, hope Karma get you in the end!!

  • Tamarin - 2012-02-10 07:37

    someone should rip her leg off and let her bleed to death...

  • Sylvia - 2012-02-10 07:39

    Give her to me and I'll show her how it feels to suffer!! Makes me so angry that she got off so lightly!!!!!!!

  • William - 2012-02-10 08:00

    This SICK BITCH deserves to burn in Hell. How she is ever going to sleep at night again or even look at herself in the mirror is beyond me!! She is not worthy of being called a human being.

  • mikeangell61 - 2012-02-10 08:13

    The sentence is too light for what she did.

  • Paul - 2012-02-10 08:13

    Sentence is to light! Lock her and give her dry bread and water to eat!

  • darkangelBDF - 2012-02-10 08:46

    A suspended sentence? What does this teach animal abusers? Rip off her leg and let her lie in her driveway for 24 hours without treatment. That sounds fair to me?

      Wendy - 2012-02-10 08:57

      Couldn't have said it better myself!!!!

  • heinrich.beukes1 - 2012-02-10 08:48

    when i read all this stories about the animals that gets slaughtered or not cared about I feel that the human race have become so cruel that it would be better if the world can come to an end :(

  • dnaude1 - 2012-02-10 09:09

    The blame falls squarely on the animals owners shoulders to keep their animals safely and properly locked up, small dogs that chases after cars like a Jack Russel could easily have caught his leg under a back wheel without the driver even knowing it. It is sad and heartless that a owner can ignore their animal suffering like that.

  • NicoleRealTalk - 2012-02-10 10:26

    That is absoloutly disgusting!!! She should have her legs ripped off and feel what it feels like to have no one help her!

  • Karring - 2012-02-10 10:54

    SHU you guys are violent but i stand behind you're comments fully. Antoinette van Wyk scum of the earth.

  • Cynthia - 2012-02-10 11:28

    A big thank you to whoever found this little dog and for reporting this cruel b@*ch. I pray every single night for "someone to find all the children and animals that are being abused/tortured and who are so frightened and also our wild animals that are being butchered." Why do our Courts think being so viciously cruel to animals does not warrant too harsh a punishment? I wish we could all join forces and try and do something to help these helpless creatures. I wonder what the sentence will be for the SICKO who ripped the head off a little kitten? HE SHOULD BE LOCKED UP WITHOUT ANY COURT CASE! It makes me feel good to see the comments made here. Thank you all for caring.

  • nicol.j.nel - 2012-02-10 12:01

    Oh dear God - Antoinette Van Wyk - pray to high heaven and back a million times over that I never come into contact with you. I will feel nothing to inflict MUCH deserved pain and suffering on you! People like you make me harbour a significant amount of hate towards humans. You will get your just deserved and I only hope it is so severe and drawn out that no-one can save you. Wait a minute...HELL would be apt. Rot and burn in it for eternity you piece of worthless disgusting piece of crap!!!!!!!

  • Dwain - 2012-02-10 12:26

    wow, i didnt realise there are so many vegans in SA :) you lucky people get to judge this one woman's abuse of an animal while i have to be silent because i know how my food got to me.

      Shirley - 2012-02-10 13:19

      If your food had to walk around with a severed limb in agony for days then you are definately at the wrong supplier! Stop trying to trivialise this issue. Yes there are MANY horrors of abbatoirs etc but when you willingly take the responsibility of a pet and do this,you are just plain souless! Wrong is wrong so dont sit in your armchair and and make snide remarks!

      Dwain - 2012-02-10 19:25

      your food does walk around without parts of its body, most of the time it doesnt get to walk around. i'm asking not to throw stones because all our houses are made of glass.

  • Shirley - 2012-02-10 13:05

    I do nt have the words to describe the shock,horror and anger I feel when I read stories like this! I pray this woman does not have children and am disgusted by the light sentence given to this so called "woman" People like her should be made to clean kennels at the SPCA for the rest of their lives[supervised].If you have no feelings for animals-DONT keep them! We are supposed to be the most superior animal on the planet but when I read and hear this I realise that is wrong! Antoinette may you rot in hell!

  • Michele - 2012-02-10 19:14

    She should have been locked up and no suspended sentence.

  • rina.rossouw3 - 2012-02-13 10:58

    As iemand dit aan 'n weerlose dier kan doen- wat is volgende. Ek kan net sien hoe sy haar medemens moet behandel.....Sy is 'sic' sy hoort nie in die samelewing nie.

  • Virginia - 2012-02-14 08:30

    I honestly believe in street justice when the court is dishing out such lame sentences. An eye for an eye would be the only justice here!

  • ansie.booker - 2012-03-26 10:38

    This is a very light sentence considering the pain that poor dog must have gone through and the poor thing must have depended on help from her in his own small so sad - there are people who should rather not have any animals.

  • edlynn.newton - 2012-07-05 08:28

    Wow lets hope this animal never has a kid that she is responsible for

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