SPCA 'dismayed' by court ruling

2011-02-11 13:24

Johannesburg - The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is "dismayed" after a court cautioned a man who admitted to illegally performing surgical operations on animals.

The SPCA, which discovered dog testicles and a dog tail in the garbage when it visited home of Jimmy Hawley in Brakpan in 2010, said on Friday that it was unacceptable that an unqualified individual could set himself up and practise procedures on live animals.

"It is horrific and totally unacceptable that any unqualified individual can set himself up and practise procedures on live animals. [We are] dismayed by the outcome," the SPCA said.

Hawley pleaded guilty in the Brakpan Magistrates Court on Monday on charges laid against him in terms of the Animals Protection Act.

The charges included keeping the animals in poor conditions on his property and failing to provide medical treatment for animals with injuries.


The SPCA said Hawley was performing surgical operations at his makeshift "clinic". He also undertook "tail docking" - the removal of a dog's tail which the SPCA firmly believes violates the Animal Protection Act.

This action was also not condoned by the South African Veterinary Council even if carried out by qualified veterinarians.

"An admission of guilt is an acknowledgement that there has been wrong-doing but the magistrate cautioned and discharged him," the SAPCA said.

"With all respect to the magistrate, there has to be accountability. Is a caution enough?"

The organisation pleaded for the recognition of the suffering of animals or the recognition of the seriousness of what had taken place.

"The SPCA Brakpan will continue to monitor the property in question," it said.

  • Flee - 2011-02-11 13:33

    Should let one of those Nigerian "doctors" chop his balls off... WTF... I dont have a problem with an animal that has been docked properly and in an humane environment, but this guy is just a monster...

      Mikemcc - 2011-02-11 14:43

      I must admit that I have never really understood the point of "docking" in the first place.

      Nice Guy - 2011-02-11 15:16

      Wonder if he used his teeth to get ema balls off

  • Moi1980 - 2011-02-11 13:54

    A caution??? Oh yes, that's definitely going to stop him from setting up elsewhere.

  • BigMoose - 2011-02-11 14:16

    What is wrong with our magistrates? Bail for previous offenders, suspended sentences, postponements, etc....

      Stroller - 2011-02-11 16:07

      Any idea of the name of the magistrate?

      Zinki - 2011-02-11 18:48

      For some people or cultures, animals are not important. This guy should be monitored very closely by all animal rights groups in that area.

  • DW - 2011-02-11 14:18

    Ridiculous! Is a caution going to send a message to others that this practise is unacceptable? I dont think so!

  • lpaikin - 2011-02-11 14:29

    Disgusting... These poor animals, he deserves jail time. What happens if he decides to start experimenting with his little operations on people or children? Such people usually progress with these things...

      Zinki - 2011-02-11 18:49

      Let's hope he anaethetises them when he does operate on them.

  • 1shot - 2011-02-11 14:34

    The SPCA is a waste of time , when dogs are killing each othere and you inform them , there reply WE can not get involved . Now the dog has killed 5 dogs todate and they are not willing to do any thing - I will never give any support to the SPCA and advise people to support your local vet.

      Zinki - 2011-02-11 18:50

      Try other animal welfare groups in your area. Contact SPCA headquarters. They have to take action.

  • roamingwolf17 - 2011-02-11 14:39

    Once again FU*** get away with such things,

  • Lisa - 2011-02-11 14:59

    I cannot express the hurt when reading such articles. I'm sorry my furry friends that humans such as this exist when you are unable to do anything..and once again nothing gets done..

  • jp - 2011-02-11 15:00

    How can people take their pets to someone like that in the first place to have any kind of procedure done? Would they take their children to someone's makeshift "clinic" in a house for medical procedures? Those people should also be charged, and that man should get jail time.

      Zinki - 2011-02-11 18:51

      Surely he should have been arrested. He is posing as a vet and has zero qualifications! He is probably charging just as much too.

  • Darwinian - 2011-02-11 15:24

    So please tell me, how do you kill an animal "humanely" How do you chop its tail off "humanely" Killing animals for fun(read hunting) is barbaric Maiming animals for your liking is barbaric

      siren703 - 2011-02-11 16:27


  • Sizwe - 2011-02-11 15:48

    I must say, I'm with the magistrate on this one. Should he be jailed, his family may lose a bread-winner, his imprisonment will cost the tax payer atleast a good R500 a day, in the bigger scheme of things imprisonment would be over kill. I am not an animal lover (I must admit), but that is not my reasoning. An animal and thus cruelty towards it, (which is relative, considering animals cannot express such in a comprehensible manner) cannot lead to humans suffering directly or indirectly. They are animals after all, not humans.

      ronbonjon - 2011-02-11 16:19


      Umfubi - 2011-02-11 17:11

      The suffering of animals (or humans) is not a factor of their ability to express, but of their ability to feel pain/stress etc. They have nervous systems comparable to those of humans. It is also a proven fact that people who abuse animals often abuse other people as well.

      Zinki - 2011-02-11 18:54

      Yes, Sizwe. Cultures that feel nothing for animals and abuse them inevitably abuse their own children and elders and that is what happens in our country.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-02-11 19:24

      I would rather watch 50 million humans die in the worst possible ways, than see ONE animal suffer. Better hope you NEVER have to rely on me to save your life anywhere Sizwe, cos if you ain't barking, you ain't being helped. Tonsil.

      Colin - 2011-02-11 20:47

      Sizwe, you are a sadist please let one of those unqualified Nigerian doctors(?) dock your penis as well then see how you and your family agrees with this moron of a magistrates findings.

      ignorance - 2011-02-11 20:48

      Some people have more compassion and love for their pets and their pets truly show emotion and response back to their owners. To say that they are not human is true, but these pets have an intellect, which is not evident in your comment. This is like saying a child born without speech and emotional ability does not meet the definition of human, so why not put the child to death, because by some chance, these kids are not really human !!!!!! Life in any form or shape is sacred and exists so that you may exist in harmony with this world.

      moiraine - 2011-02-12 08:33

      @sizwe Babies cannot express anything in a comprehensible manner either. Perhaps we should stop giving them anaesthetics when we do operations. Anaesthetics are expensive and definitely will impact on the family budget so the family may suffer. That is for those people using private hospitals. Think of the savings to the government healthcare system too, that money could be used elsewhere. Oh, why dont we take it a little bit further it is not only babies who cant "express such in a comprehensible manner" what about drunk people, the unconscious, mentally and even some physically handicapped people. What about those people who are mute, or perhaps cant even speak the common languages. Why dont we ban anaesthetics for them, after all they cant express their suffering therefore it is relative. Lets take it one step further why dont we perform experiments on them, after all their suffering is relative. You cannot just say that because someone or something cant express its suffering doesnt mean they are not suffering. The other issue is if this guy claims to be a vet and performs operations what is to stop him pretending to be a doctor next.

      Niki - 2011-02-14 11:40

      Ever heard of community service? He should be made to clean out kennels (with a toothbrush) at the local SPCA for 6 months.

  • zazzler - 2011-02-11 15:53

    Unacceptable! Animals feel pain and suffer trauma, just the way humans do. Would we condone this, had it be done to a human being? NO! There should be a separate court to deal with the brutality human beings inflict on animals, presided over by a judge that understands what the phrase "cruelty to animals" actually means. I am sickened by this ruling.

  • siren703 - 2011-02-11 16:27

    @ sizwe, all i can say is IDIOT!

  • Colin - 2011-02-11 20:41

    This savages penis should be docked by one of those unqualified Nigerian doctors without anesthetic, then be allowed to bleed to death. What a pleasure.

  • JP - 2011-02-12 06:53

    Guys...guys....Jimmy Hawley is about 75 years old. He imported the very first bull terrier, sharpei's and other breeds. My vet could not diagnosed what was wrong with my sharpei after a weeks worth of treatment we went to Oom Hawley...2 injection a day later our dog was 100%...Shame on the SPCA for picking on Oom Hawley...they should work together and maybe he can teach the SPCA how to treat sick dogs...this story does have two sides and this story is only the side of the SPCA....

      Niki - 2011-02-14 11:46

      "The charges included keeping the animals in poor conditions on his property" - How do you explain that? I don't care if he is 95 - the fact is he is not qualified to surgically work on dogs. Your dog might have been one of the positive stories - how about the possible ten other dogs that were misdiagnosed or mistreated by him? Certain laws are put into place to protect the public from mickey-mouse people who assume they are capable of performing the work of vets who have trained years.

      Ollie - 2011-03-29 09:53

      Shame on Hawley surely at his age he should know better - He should have served jail time.

  • spinprint1 - 2011-02-13 12:05

    When the law does not work is it not perhaps time for other measures. Who the man is is now known. The next thing is to do is to find out where he works or conducts his business from and make sure he is not able to earn a living from either. Make his life a living hell

      Ollie - 2011-03-29 09:55

      I agree - make his life hell

  • Ella - 2011-02-14 08:44

    And I agree with the commentaters below - Sizwe, you are a sadist, and are in serious need of psychological counselling. To say that the suffering of an animal doesn't count shows that you are incapable of empathy, which is a sign of someone who has a psychopathic personality. Get help before you too end up hurting someone.

  • Herman - 2011-02-14 09:58

    Sizweyou are a savage.Who was the magistrate?

  • Kay - 2011-03-29 11:37

    Absolutely disgusting individual!!!! Both the sick individual and the magistrate should have their own balls cut off in a backyard operation!!!! Sick!!!!

  • juisluk - 2011-03-29 12:14

    WOW even the racists can be cruel what a shocker. Judging from the way they talk about the “savage” Africans u would think they were angels. I hope he rots in hell for what he has done to those poor defenceless animals. U ppl are sick! Stop behaving as if u r gods u r just like all ppl of all races u have ur faults! Too bad though about the superiority complex hope u find a cure for that.

  • Ilona - 2011-03-30 21:27

    Well first of all... Jimmy hawley WASN'T the first to bring them into this country, Mr. Charlie Bench was. Second of all my family has been dealing with him for the last 35 years, ive dealt with him on numerous occasions too, lost three dogs, due to unexplainable reasons. My dogs go in to be mated (alive) and come out dead. With promises to be replaced and never happened. Dont be fooled by Jimmy Hawley and his age,it is hard for people like us that care for our animals, when he has the "LAW" on his side. ANONOMOUS

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