Owner left dog after its leg was ripped off

2011-11-14 20:00

Johannesburg – The sentencing of a woman who failed to seek medical help for her dog after its leg was ripped off was postponed in Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court on Monday.

"The magistrate postponed sentencing to 09:00 on December 12," said Community Led Animal Welfare (Claw) spokesperson Cora Bailey.

Antoinette van Wyk, 34, was charged with 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 pleaded guilty.

Bailey said the magistrate was considering correctional supervision as well as a fine, but this would be decided at the next court date.

"We have also requested that she never be allowed to own an animal again."

The prosecutor petitioned for Van Wyk to be declared unfit to ever own a firearm.

Bailey said it was difficult to get cases of animal cruelty to court as they were often not taken seriously.

"There is a link between animal cruelty, domestic violence, and other kinds of crime," she said.

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

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

  • TamaraSays - 2011-11-14 20:16

    Rip her leg off, and don't do anything about it. Sentence sorted.

      Levett - 2011-11-14 21:26

      WOW Miss Pshyco. Hope you get a straight jacket for Christmas

      AntiThesis - 2011-11-15 07:36

      I agree - tong in cheek - people who abuse animals is no better than people who abuse other humans. In actual fact they are worse, because of the unconditional trust that animals put in us humans. That, and the fact that they cannot speak for themselves

      phillip.havenga - 2011-11-15 07:58

      Tamara I agree if you cannot show compassion for an animal then you are the lowest of the low.

  • Alva - 2011-11-14 20:22

    One has to question the editor here. "The prosecutor petitioned for Van Wyk to be declared unfit to ever own a firearm." What does this mean? The owner is unfit to own a dog ever again? Surely yes!! If she had a gun surely she would have had the compassion to put the dog out of it's suffering with a single bullet? They have named her, please supply visuals so that ever animal lover in the country can identify this inhuman person. If she does not have the compassion to look after an injured animal, is she capable of looking after a human?

      Ryan - 2011-11-14 20:41

      it says in the article that there is a link between animal cruelty and other kinds of crime, hence the petitioning to disallow her from ever owning a weapon.

  • mskittylicious - 2011-11-14 20:24

    Why the hell didn't the neighbors do something sooner????? Why did they wait 24hrs to report it?????????????

      Ryan - 2011-11-14 20:41

      I assume they werent aware sooner

      Alison - 2011-11-14 21:06

      I agree -they just as doff !!

      Levett - 2011-11-14 21:15

      Maybe they Chinese

      koo.doyle - 2011-11-15 08:22

      @ Ryan, if they weren't aware sooner, how did they know the dog had been lying there for 'at least 24 hours'? Charge them as well.

  • Blink - 2011-11-14 20:30

    Antoinette van Wyk F@k jou!

  • mskittylicious - 2011-11-14 20:35

  • Cracker - 2011-11-14 20:49

    Any idea how legs get ripped off in animal experiments? The accused in this case is a rubbish by all accounts. We do however have to strive for consistency. Where is god in all this? Likes to torture the less fortunate through his rubbishly created humans?

      Yar - 2011-11-14 20:55

      @Crack Clearly you haven't thought about the meaning of life. Stop trying to blame God. Someone else ripped thepoor creatures leg off.

      Cracker - 2011-11-14 21:12

      @ Yar You just don't get it.

      Cracker - 2011-11-14 21:14

      @ Yar I really thought there was more more substance to you.

      Yar - 2011-11-14 21:15

      Oh Yes I do get it.

      Cracker - 2011-11-14 21:16

      @ Yar In fact Yar, in your wisdom, who or what created those pain paths in the nervous system of the hapless animal? So the pain can be more exquisite? Think and shut up.

      Yar - 2011-11-14 21:35

      @Crack Now you sound disappointed in me. All because I have soul attached to my substance. By the way did you hear the one about the Dyslexic agnostic insomniac?

      Omnivore - 2011-11-14 21:44

      @ Cracker: There's no god, only people. If you truly are angry at an imaginary being, seek help.

      Yar - 2011-11-14 21:45

      @ Crack You want me to tell you what created the nerves and pain paths. I reckon that was created by evolution. God created evolution.

      Cracker - 2011-11-14 22:00

      Sonehow you all are stupid. Don't you understand what I was saying? Never mind.

      Cracker - 2011-11-14 22:03

      And Yar, just f o. I really thought you had some class.

      Yar - 2011-11-14 22:04

      @ Crack The Dyslexic agnostic insomniac lay awake all night wondering if there really was a Dog. Sleep tight.

      Cracker - 2011-11-14 22:11

      Childishness is incurable. Of course I am referring to your affliction.

      Yar - 2011-11-14 22:12

      Come on cracker - pull yourself together. Why all the frustration. This is a forum for debate Please don't use profanity, I don't deserve that. Argue your case, but please respect my rights.

      Cracker - 2011-11-14 22:43

      @ Yar I suspect we may be talking past each other. I have always enjoyed your comments and so it will continue. What really disturbs me is the notion that god also created animials for our cruel human consumption and treatment. I do not accept such crap because I do not ascribe to a moral god. Have I said enough? Nothing personal. We are so lucky that we have the current electronic blah blah blah to say what we like and to do it instantaneously. By the way, being an insomniac is not a sin. And I am not one. Anyway,

      Yar - 2011-11-14 23:03

      Thanks Cracker Let's agree to disagree on certain issues. Insomnia is not sinful, merely a condition. Do you know what DNA means? I just happen to believe that although God made the universe, it wasn't meant to be a paradise where everything is all good and comfortable. We are imbued with the right of choice, and to suffer the consequences of our own and others' choices. This ain't heaven. DNA is the acronym for teh National Association of Dyslexics.

      Cracker - 2011-11-14 23:25

      @ Yar What are you implyimg? I don't think I qualify for membership of your DNA. In fact, having passed Latin1 and English2 at a decent university (admittedly many years ago) I cannot even imagine a spelling or reading deficiency in my brain circuitory. Can you?

      Cracker - 2011-11-14 23:32

      Circuit = ciruitory See. Brilliant self animated spell checker. Just one of those realities: I will take part in any English spelling competition.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2011-11-15 06:20

      Interesting little tiff, Cracker & Yar. You okes having fun?

      David - 2011-11-15 06:26

      Cracker, God has never created anything useless and without purpose. You come close to that.

      phillip.havenga - 2011-11-15 08:01

      Cracker pain paths are very simple to explain, they are to protect us as they allow us to know when something can hurt us and is thus dangerous to us. Your argument is flimsy at best. Rather get something concrete and come back.

  • Trudy - 2011-11-14 20:50

    this makes me want to vomit

  • susan.greyling - 2011-11-14 20:57

    Her leg should be ripped off.

  • braamc - 2011-11-14 20:57

    I will rip not only her legg of her body. Hateful bitch

  • Ian - 2011-11-14 20:59

    sick disgusting bitch, lock it up and throw away the key

  • mskittylicious - 2011-11-14 21:03

    Come on News24! Show us her face.

  • tyronlouw - 2011-11-14 21:06

    I sat motionless for about 5 minutes before I could start typing. I cant say any one article has ever instantly angered me so much. This strikes me to my core, for it is one of the purist, most unprovoked acts of evil and immorality one could carry out. In a case like this, I think most people would hope she is mentally ill.

      Ian - 2011-11-14 21:25

      me too, was in total shock

  • Pieter - 2011-11-14 21:10

    Shoot the bitch!!!!!

  • Adair - 2011-11-14 21:14

    A jail sentence would be appropriate.

  • romeo - 2011-11-14 21:24

    it must be her children who ripped the leg of the dog.

  • Erich - 2011-11-14 21:43

    A lot of emotional outcry contained in this report and its comments. I also strongly condemn any cruelty to a harmless animal but one would expect more info in a report of this nature. What caused the dog's leg to be ripped off, was the accused in a position (financial or otherwise) to render assistance to the animal, what caused Ms Bailey to draw parallel between animal cruelty, domestic violence and other kinds of crime? Was the accused aware of the suffering of the dog for at least 24 hours? Why bring the fitness of a firearm into equation? What did the neigbours do to assist the dog during its prolonged suffering? Surely, there should be a duty on whoever is writing a report of this nature to give sufficient facts for the objective reader to evaluate the facts.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2011-11-15 06:25

      Its sort of a well known fact that animal cruelty and domestic violence often go hand in hand. Maybe Google it, I've always accepted it as a well known fact? Makes sense to me - what kind of person can be like this, surely not a usual caring human being?

  • Mike - 2011-11-14 21:47

    Bloody savage!! Rip her leg off, if a human being with a brain, well not all have brains cant even show compassion to an animal they do not deserve to live.

  • Christopher - 2011-11-14 22:18

    Owner should have HER LEG RIPPED OFF AT THE HIP! That dog must have been in some serious pain. Why would anyone do this to a defenseless animal? This kind of animal (because only animals hurt animals in my opinion) should be locked up for good!

  • Charles - 2011-11-14 22:45

    sickenning barbarians!!!

  • Al - 2011-11-15 06:29

    Savage! She deserves to suffer the same way her dog suffered!

  • Kim - 2011-11-15 06:47

    Everyone seems to have missed the point here - she never ripped the dogs leg off. Where is the person who did and why are they not being punished???

      AntiThesis - 2011-11-15 07:39

      They don't mention what happened to the dog - probably an accident. But how could you leave your dog lying in your own driveway like that?? It is utterly incomprehensible to me.

  • phillip.havenga - 2011-11-15 07:57

    If you have no compassion for an animal you are unfit to exist.

  • Tonya - 2011-11-15 08:41

    Absolutely disgusting!!!!! Don't even want to think of the suffering that poor animal went through! Karma is gonna get you .......

  • Theresa - 2011-11-15 08:46

    Makes one wonder what example she's setting for her 3 kids.Hope they punish her to the full extent of the law.She's a disgrace to humanity!

  • Ann - 2011-11-15 09:09

    The neighbours should have acted much sooner. Poor dog! "Claw rescued the animal in 2009 after a call from Van Wyk's neighbours, who said the dog had lain in the driveway for at least 24 hours with its leg ripped off at the hip joint." They should just get to sentencing this woman as swiftly as possible - lock her away for good. Do not allow her to ever own another animal nor have any children. Rotten monster that she is ... !!!!

  • maryanne.steyn1 - 2011-11-15 09:16

    Sorry excuse for a human being - get a fine - what the heck - jail sentence is what she deserves!!

  • emile.eley - 2011-11-15 09:24

    Forget about being unfit to own a gun, this thing is unfit to live. Scum.

  • gcshrimpton - 2011-11-15 11:06

    My heart goes out to that poor animal. RIP.

  • Honorina - 2011-11-15 16:26

    @Tanzanite with all due respect you talking rubbish.... if you cannot afford private care for your animals the SPCA are there (provided your affordability). There is noooooo ways on God’s green earth that any Veterinarian or SPCA would turn away that poor animal. She has pleaded guilty and knows she didn’t even try to help the poor dog(stupid women).

  • kelly.hattingh1 - 2011-11-16 00:37

    Rip her bloody leg off and leave her in pain. Sick, twisted cow.

  • Josie - 2011-11-16 01:35

    send her to hell to rot slowly and painfully, anything else is too good.

  • Dannielle - 2011-11-22 09:40

    Just like a child, if you dont have the money to care for it give it away to someone who will care for it. If you dont have the resources for an animal you shouldnt have it in the first place! this sick B***H should be made to feel the pain and suffering that the poor defencless animal felt. People are cruel sick parasites, animals love you and care for you and in many cases protect you, now why the hell cant we do that for them? AGAIN I say if you are unable to look after the animal in ANY way you shouldnt have it!!!!!!!!!!!

  • rachel.klass - 2011-11-23 01:22

    I'd like to rip HER leg off

  • Glen - 2011-12-12 15:31

    Could be that she was in a state of shock who knows why didn't the neighbors react immediately by calling the SPCA?

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