Ex-cop allegedly left his 10 dogs to starve

2016-03-15 15:22

Johannesburg – A former police officer is in hot water after allegedly leaving 10 dogs to starve at his home in Eikenhof, Johannesburg.

Kobus Reyneke appeared in the Meyerton Magistrate's Court on Tuesday following his arrest on Monday.

He was charged with animal cruelty at the Klipriver SAPS by the Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

Reyneke was granted R1 000 bail and was released from police custody on condition that he is not in possession of an animal for the duration of his case.

In a statement, the SPCA said inspectors found an adult German Shepherd crossbreed dog confined to a veranda.

Emaciated dog

“The dog was severely emaciated and barely alive with no access to food or water. [It] was removed immediately and rushed to a veterinarian. Sadly the dog died en route to the animal hospital. The remaining nine dogs are safe in the care of the society.”

SPCA manager, Marlien Pieterse, said the organisation was happy with the arrest.

“We are pleased that Mr Reyneke was arrested and has already appeared in court. We take animal cruelty seriously and believe that perpetrators abusing animals should be brought to book,” she said.

Police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Peter Mmboyi, confirmed the arrest. “The man, a former police officer, was arrested at our station and has appeared in court.” 

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