Volkwyn's dogs have 'good temperament'

2015-05-14 18:07
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Cape Town - The 10 dogs removed from the property of Michael Volkwyn have “very good adoption prospects”, said the Cape of Good Hope SPCA.

Volkwyn shot himself and another of his pets after a 15-hour stand-off with police that began on Tuesday night.

Volkwyn kept 13 dogs on his property. Two of the animals escaped when shots were fired at their owner’s Athlone home on Wednesday and are still missing.

SPCA inspectorate manager Moyo Ndukwana said the pack had shown a "good temperament" since arriving at their new temporary home in Grassy Park.

“They seem to be adapting well considering the distress they endured while being surrounded by strangers and then removed from their environment,” Moyo told News24.

All 10 are mixed breeds and "clearly well looked after".

A tense stand-off ensued between the 61-year-old mechanical engineer and police after he shot and wounded one of the officers who visited his house while responding to a complaint by a woman, thought to be a former tenant, who claimed to have been attacked by the dogs when she went to the house to collect some of her possessions.

The police officer was injured when he tried to remove the dogs.

Volkwyn barricaded himself in the house and hostage negotiators tried for 15 hours to get him to surrender. He shot himself when police stormed his Ambermarle Street property.

On her Facebook page, sister Diana Volkwyn-Williams wrote: “What a sad way to die, over the stray dogs he loved so much and cooked food for. Each and every one was so beautifully kept. He loved his dogs. They protected him and even bit my brother last year when Roy got too close to Michael.”

The family was previously embroiled in a dispute over their father’s will, which reached the Western Cape High Court in 2009.

Netwerk24 reports Isaac Volkwyn died in Groote Schuur Hospital in 2002 of a stroke. Michael, along with his sister Barbara, blamed doctors and their older sister Diana for his death.

The case dragged on for years until Michael applied for his father’s will to be rejected and a previous version to be declared valid.

The application was denied.

In 2009, the family feud continued when Barbara took her sister to court.

Judge Nathan Erasmus in his ruling said “dirty laundry” was being aired in court, and ruled that the sisters may not lodge further court applications regarding their father’s estate unless they had special permission from a judge.

In response, Michael erected a sign on the front of his house, reading: “In memory of the state assisted, state and court compounded murder of Isaac Volkwyn”.

Another sign reads: “Corrupt ANC and High Court scum still attempt cover up of murder and fraud of first South African Coloured lawyer.”

When News24 visited the house on Thursday morning, the property was still cordoned off and police officers were at the scene.

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