Shock over poisoning of 10 cats

2012-02-09 07:53

Cape Town - A Cape Town community has been shocked and upset by the poisoning of at least 10 cats at an apartment building in Hanover Park.

The Daily Voice has a video showing the cats’ slow and cruel death.

Locals have reacted with sadness and anger, and have vowed to hunt for the person responsible.

"The person who killed these cats has no heart. How can you just take their lives with no conscience," asked animal lover Mukhtar Lee.

"Do they have no shame? To kill so many cats means that he or she can also kill humans."

The SPCA says it is very concerned, and that it is an offence in terms of the Animal Protection Act to poison any animals.

One community member said he thought the cats had been tricked into eating poisonous food as they usually came to anyone calling “kitty”, as they knew that meant they would be fed.

Animal lovers are now looking after four kittens whose parents were poisoned.

Anyone with information about the cats has been asked to call the Cape of Good Hope SPCA on 021 7004158/59.

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  • Alison - 2012-02-09 08:03

    This is seriously F-ed up!!!!

      procold2 - 2012-02-09 08:14

      ja you right, its very cruel a very painful way to die, if they are a problem call the spca to catch them, at least they will have a chance at getting a home and if not will be put down humanly

      Foc - 2012-02-09 08:43

      Interesting how people are more sympathetic to animals than to humans.... you never get this kind of reaction with news stories about starving kids and abuse .... this is not only in SA its an international trend .... and dont get all snotty about it is fact ... ppl care more for animals than fellow human beings

      Dieter - 2012-02-09 08:55

      true Foc, but then again, animals don't rape, murder & steal!

      Peter - 2012-02-09 08:56

      Foc...look at the way that humankind is behaving...the lawlessness, the greed, the theft...I lost me respect for the human race a long time ago. Remember, we are animals just like them. Just because we are conscious of our doings, that puts us lower on a lower par. We CHOOSE to humiliate these creatures and to kill them for our pleasure, and its a DISGUSTING act.

      Ziggie - 2012-02-09 09:33

      Foc, you know why???, because a human being runs his own life, can feed himself, speak for himself, animals cannot. Me for one, will rather feed a starved animal than a boemie or anyone else begging on the corner. An animal does not beg or steal or is corrupt, murder his own poeple, how long do you want the list?

      werner.smidt - 2012-02-09 11:54

      Foc, I'm pretty sure people will react even stronger 10 babies/kids were poisoned.

      Monique - 2012-02-09 13:00


      Snoopsy - 2012-02-09 13:13

      Foc, people can help themselves. Animal rely on people to help them, specially domestic animals. In All Locations, you will find dogs/cats, emaciated and unkept. Why?? Because of HUMANS! We are the cruelest things God could ever have created.

  • Sharlene - 2012-02-09 08:05

    If they catch the perpetrator they need to make him ingest the same poison. It's a cruel, cruel way to kill an animal. Cats can become a problem, but if they can be caught and sterilised it solves a lot of problems, and they do keep the rodent population in control.

  • Mark Milligan - 2012-02-09 08:07

    This is sick. Hope they catch the sicko

  • Snoopsy - 2012-02-09 08:10

    Ag Nee man! Die persoon/persone moet gevang word en gif in gevoer word.. So hartseer...

  • Karen - 2012-02-09 08:17

    They say you can judge a Nation by the way they treat their Animals ???

      Ronelle - 2012-02-09 08:24

      our nation is in BIG Trouble!!

      Mandy - 2012-02-09 13:54

      Absolutely Karen. This is the quote .... "Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace." Albert Schweitzer, the Philosophy of Civilisation.

  • werner.smidt - 2012-02-09 08:18

    I'm waiting for a knob with a thick accent to justify this. If you can be so easily sadistic with an animal, I shudder to think what your thoughts are of the people around/close to you. Naturally, whoever did this, has some sort of small testicle/dried up whoo-hah syndrome.

  • Ronelle - 2012-02-09 08:24

    sick, sick, a..hole! i swear, if I ever come across someone like this...Lord have mercy!

  • leslie.rabie - 2012-02-09 08:27

    I hope Karma Rips you to pieces~!!

  • candice.raley - 2012-02-09 08:29

    That is just disgusting and cruel. I love animals, and they love us back, why would you want to harm something so cute and fluffy and now they have no idea who it is, what will this person do next?!

  • Ian - 2012-02-09 08:30

    I hate this rock, cant wait to get off and move on

      mike.clery - 2012-02-09 10:03

      For a while it looked like humans were slowly evolving into something better than savages. That trend seems to have reversed. And it's not just isolated individuals, it's the whole human race - selfishness, greed, cruelty and hate, all on the rise.

  • Aaron Nkosi - 2012-02-09 08:30


      werner.smidt - 2012-02-09 08:35

      He/she who did this probably survived an abortion . . . :-/

      Monique - 2012-02-09 13:02

      @ Slip...LOL...that is funny.

  • Li'Lady - 2012-02-09 08:35

    I swear I will ****** **** you when I get you ***** heartless *****!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! its going to come back to you, ****** 10 times worse!!!!

  • Moira - 2012-02-09 08:35

    I am absolutely shocked by this and horrified that the poor animals had to die so cruely. BUT ... talking about sterilization - is the cost of the procedure really justified. Over R1 000 to sterilize an animal!! Having a pet sterilized and vacinated can set you back some R1 500! I live in Gauteng and have never heard of any drives (there may have been, but poorly publicised if so) to sterilize animals en masse and for a cheaper rate. Although I can afford it, many people cannot. My home helper has a dog that she loves and cares for very well, but having the dog "fixed" at the current expensive rates would have taken a great chunk of her salary and she needed my financial assistance. When one adopts a dog from the SPCA it is much cheaper for the sterilization, but not everyone does adopt and that is the problem - can someone explain this to me? Don't jump up and yell that if you can't afford pet care you should not have one - circumstances differ from people to people.

      gary.andrew.ritchie - 2012-02-09 08:44

      I believe the SPCA will offer the sterilisation procedure to anyone that brings their pets in for a very much reduced fee compared to that which the vets charge.

      Tennille - 2012-02-09 09:43

      Moira, I pay to have feral cats sterilised, and it is R250 per cat, not sure who has been trying to rip you off. Fourpaws does it for R270, Kitty & Puppy Haven just did a huge campaign in Alexandra this weekend where they merely asked for donations. Secondly if people stopped supporting breeders and petshops where animals are usually sold unvaccinated and unsterilised the stray populations would not be what they are. Adopt from a shelter rather where you will never be given a cat or dog that has not already been sterilised, dewormed and vaccinated.

  • BuzzM - 2012-02-09 08:45

    On one hand, I don't condone the poisoning of these animals at all, but I can see why somebody may have done it... People think it is way cool to feed feral cats... These cats are probably not neutered or inoculated against rabies, feline aids etc. and can almost wipe-out an indigenous bird population! This is also not cool! A feral cat can never become somebody's pet - it is a wild animal and should be treated as such. Poisoning any animal and leaving it to die a horrible death is very sick, but I also feel that the SPCA and the rest of South Africa should ensure that all domestic cats are spayed or neutered (unless they're kept for breeding purposes)...

      Irma - 2012-02-09 09:08

      Your first sentence is a total contradiction. If you can see why they did it, you condone it. There is no excuse for this, and you don't know all the facts. You assume the cats are just fed- how do you know that the community has not gotten together to get these cats fixed? We have a cat at a shoppping complex nearby that is fed by the car guards and visitors to the complex have gotten the cat spayed and they get her shots. So please, before you say these cats deserved it (which is what you are saying in your first sentence) make sure you have the facts. And in anycase, why should a cat suffer for a humans ingnorance?

      Schmee - 2012-02-09 09:21

      A feral cat can never become a pet? I took in a feral cat and it became so tame it now sleeps on my lap every day. I also know a lot of people who feed feral cats so that they become tame enough to be caught and taken to be neutered / spayed. That is what responsible people do.

      Tennille - 2012-02-09 09:48

      Hey BuzzM is this your professional opinion as a Vet, a Zoologist, a Wildlife Expert? Feral cats must be fed, because it keeps them healthy and disease free, and does not stop them from hunting for mice and rats. Secondly Feral cats are a DIRECT result of people abandoning their cats or not sterilising. Humans caused the problem they should take care of it in a HUMANE way, but us glorious human beings are quick to interfere with nature when it does harm, but hardly ever to do good. There are also multiple organisations that will come out and sterilise in poor communities so the cats do not keep having babies. Lastly name one species that has done as much harm to the planet as the human being, actually every other species combined has not done as much damage as we have.

      Chantal - 2012-02-09 10:10

      Umm. Fool. You are part of the problem we have in this world. You can see why somebody may have done it? So you'd condone poisoning starving people who "breed" also? I have a feral cat as a pet and she is the sweetest cat I have ever known. Feral cats are in their position because of PEOPLE!! Why should the SPCA solve the issue? They are doing what they can! Do you donate money to these societies at all or do you just whine about animals invading your space? Your last sentence is the only intelligent thing you said "should ensure that all domestic cats are spayed or neutered..." - I agree. However, it is our responsibility to help stray animals as we are the reason they are there. "People think it is way cool to feed feral cats" - um, yes. Actually, feral cats are very self-sufficient and do not need our help - but trapping them and sterilising them, then releasing them is required. I sincerely hope you do not breed because then you'd pass on all your ignorance and selfishness to others - which woul dbe way uncool.

      Daniels.Catherine - 2012-02-09 10:11

      Firstly - there is no excuse, nor reason to poison any animal. It is a disgusting act which says a lot about what kind of disgusting human being could inflict pain on something, by enticing it with food. To me, it's the candy in the boot scenario with innocent children. And secondly - I must disagree with you, I have also taken in a feral cat. And I don't really think it's fair on how people misconstrue them. A few people in our complex complained to begin with - "she's killing the birds". One bird. But, to be fair (that we know of), but she isn't this vicious feline that everyone thinks. You can't tell me any kitten you get from the SPCA isn't going to kill, or attempt to kill a bird - it's in their nature. They are cats. It amuses me however, how everyone in my complex failed to mention that she also killed a snake - for some reason that, was ok? It may have taken me a few months, for the first initial physical contact - but I got there. I have taken her for her shots, and she is sorted. She pretty much lives with me, she is a typical cat through and through. She loves the attention when she wants it, and she spends her evenings outside, or sleeping on my bed. She is loving, and content. Everyday when I get home from work, she runs down the passage to greet me with her manic purring and excessive talking - if you ask me, I would say she's my pet as any other cat. Wouldn't you? And if I had treated her "as such", how would that have turned out for her - for the better?

  • Johan - 2012-02-09 08:50

    Have you heard of the cat that tried to commit suicide and only succeeded on the tenth attempt ? lol

  • Sláine - 2012-02-09 09:14

    Animals are helpless innocents who rely on us to care for them. This is simply sick.

  • Mike - 2012-02-09 09:21

    One word - disgusting! What did Mahatma Gandhi say - "You can judge a nation by the way they treat their animals"....

  • Gcwabe-KaMavovo - 2012-02-09 09:26

    Cats disgust me.

      Mike - 2012-02-09 09:39

      And you disgust me.

      Chantal - 2012-02-09 10:11

      That's OK, you stupid little sick minded freak - you disgust cats too.

      Shirley - 2012-02-09 11:33

      You disgust the world!!!!!!!

  • Ziggie - 2012-02-09 09:29

    Mohatma Ghandi: the ay you treat animals = the way you treat human beings.!!!, be careful with your kids outside.

      Gcwabe-KaMavovo - 2012-02-09 09:34

      Yes, but Gandhi was also a racist.

  • Ziggie - 2012-02-09 09:32

    Foc, you know why???, because a human being runs his own life, can feed himself, speak for himself, animals cannot. Me for one, will rather feed a starved animal than a boemie or anyone else begging on the corner. An animal does not beg or steal or is corrupt, murder his own poeple, how long do you want the list?

  • BuzzM - 2012-02-09 09:40

    Irma! Stop trying to put words in my mouth! Between black and white there is grey!!! I do not condone poisoning of cats! I also don't condone the feeding of feral cats or allowing cats to go on breeding because the kittens are "cute"! How sympathetic are you towards all of the indigenous birds that get taken out and killed by these cute animals - and how many of those birds died humanely? My guess is they played with them for a few hours then left them, half-dead on your pillow! Charming!!! Please open up your eyes and see things from a different prospective! As a nature-lover, I hate to see any animal in pain or suffering. We, as humans, keep stuffing up nature by feeding these invasive vermin and allowing them to breed indiscriminately! I don't want to see these animals poisoned, but I do want to see their indiscriminant breeding curbed, for the sake of nature... I'm entitled to my opinion whether you like it or not, but to say that I condone a heinous act like that is libel!

      Chantal - 2012-02-09 10:19

      I do agree that their breeding must be curbed - but that would be up to all of us. Disliking any animal because of the way it is in nature makes you a very strange nature lover. There are actually cats in the wild and why shouldn't they be there? You're blaming a cat for destruction and the way it kills, but that is how they are. I know many bird lovers who claim to hate cats - your hatred or dislike is skewed. People kill nature, not other animals - even if they are over-populated. The breding of these animals is curbed a LOT by MANY organizations - who can only do so much without funding.

      Tennille - 2012-02-09 10:22

      Yes, sure you are entitled to your opinion albeit an uneducated one. Do you just preach from your soapbox or do you contribute to wildlife conservation by donating your time or money? If not, your opinion is not only uneducated it is also worthless, because it is just words that mean nothing to anyone and does not solve any problems. If you are sooooo concerned about the indiscriminate breeding of these cats or vermin as you call them (you sweet, sweet man), have you ever got in touch with any number of animal organisations that will come out to trap and sterilise them? I look after 2 feral colonies, and have had them sterilised and vaccinated. But while you are so vocal can you tell me if anything is being done about the indiscriminate breeding of people, because let me tell you that is one campaign I would love to get behind, Hell, i'd gladly pay for your vasectomy any day.

      Irma - 2012-02-09 10:45

      If you don’t want “words to be put in your mouth” don’t make comments like “I can see why someone would do that”. How cruel are you to say that? As for your comment about the birds- what about animals that kill in the wild? Do you want the lions and leopards and cheetahs to be poisoned too so they can stop hunting the poor Impala and other buck? It is called NATURE! My cat, my beautiful boy, brings in a lot of birds. Yes, I feel bad for them and I even try save them BUT at the end of the day I know that it is what cats do! THAT IS NATURE! You strike me as one of those people who call for dogs to be put down when they bite someone. The only comment I agree with is you “we as humans keep stuffing up”. If it is OUR stuff up, why must the cats die? You are an animal lover and you “hate to see any animal in pain or suffering” but at the same time you can see why someone poisoned these cats and left them to suffer painfully? CONTRADICTION! Make up your mind as to whether you are an actual animal lover or not. Calling a cat vermin? Very convincing “animal lover”.

      Tennille - 2012-02-09 11:02

      Irma & Chantal, I love you gals, we should do lunch.

      Irma - 2012-02-09 11:05

      Tennille, it's so hard to find real animal lovers these days. :)

      6Lady6Cadaver6 - 2012-07-05 09:18

      If we never domesticated them, they would hunt birds naturally. My cat brings me many dead things as gifts. Try understanding their nature...

  • ChatterBox - 2012-02-09 10:04

    Why take a video of the kitties dying why not take them to the SPCA or the local vet???? What is with that??? How can anyone stand and watch that happening????

  • Matshidiso - 2012-02-09 10:10

    Maybe they were poisoned by a nearby flats owner so that there could be rat infestation and the poeple from the infested flat will go to his/her flats. Conspirecies, conspirecies. Cruel non the less.

  • Shirley - 2012-02-09 11:16

    Shocking,sadistic and cruel and now this person is amongst unsuspecting citizens. The animal cruelty laws in S.A. are a joke! [no surprise as the laws regarding citizens are not much better] and need serious work.These are phsycopathic tendencies and should be taken very seriously! I hope this person suffers the most painful existance on this earth-may he/she live a long and insufferable life!

  • manningi1 - 2012-02-09 11:45

    Catch the killer and kill them before handing to the police.

  • Bruce - 2012-02-09 13:12

    My daughter had a cat that used to go visiting. Nobody minded except one, and he poisoned him. The saddest part is that the wife of that man, warned my daughter that her husband would poison the cat. She tried to keep him in, but he could open flap windows and jumped at door handles and opened them unless they were locked. The cat was poisoned and died, but of course we have no proof. Fortunately she has now moved to a more cat friendly neighbourhood! But how can anyone live with someone who poisons animals and knows about it!

      Shirley - 2012-02-09 13:21

      Report the swine! People like that are not human and must be removed from society!

      Irma - 2012-02-09 13:25

      As if it's not bad enough that these people actually are cruel enough to kill the animals, but they are also arrogent enough to decide who's pet they can kill. It's sick and cruel and there are just no words to describe these people! How anyone would want to marry them is beyond me!!!

      aardvarkie - 2012-02-09 14:03

      I would have gone berserk - although revenge doesn't get you anywhere, if it were my cat I'd make that guys life a living hell.

  • aardvarkie - 2012-02-09 14:00

    If you find the person responsible, give me their details, I'll show them what pain is.

  • Marlene - 2012-02-09 16:43

    A feral cat moved in with our 8 other cats. (All rescues and we had them all sterilised and vaccinated.) For some reason, the other cats allowed this little one to move in. He was very shy and would not come near us humans, but now, he is part of the family. (After he forgave us for catching him and having him sterilized and vaccinated:) With lots of love and attention, this feral cat is very tame. He even sleeps on my bed with me. Most psycopaths and sociopaths, (Who later, may become serial killers) begin by torturing and killing animals, before moving on to the bigger stuff. Killing Human beings! Not only that, socio-paths only use and abuse other people for their enjoyment and gain, so even if they don't end up killing humans, they end up causing pain and destruction around them. This person's actions says a lot about who they are.

  • nicolevilj - 2012-07-02 15:08

    This is sickening!!!! You will reap that what you sow!!!!!...

  • 6Lady6Cadaver6 - 2012-07-05 09:14

    @ Foc... I care more for animals than human beings. I openly admit it. Animals dont murder ,rape, lie, steal, hate, abuse. They are pure and innocent. They offer love and understanding and acceptance which is completely honest and unconditional. What human being could you say that about?

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