SPCA steps in after cat allegedly run over by police van in Cape Town

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  • The Cape of Good Hope SPCA is investigating a video of a police car driving over a cat in Cape Town's Woodstock. 
  • According to the footage, the police stopped briefly, but left the cat writhing in pain in the road. 
  • The cat died, and the SPCA wants answers about why the police did not stop to help the cat. 

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA is investigating a video of a police car allegedly driving over a cat in the Cape Town suburb of Woodstock and, after stopping briefly, driving off to leave the cat writhing in pain. 

Chief Inspector Jaco Pieterse said the organisation intended lodging a complaint with the police over the matter. 

"We are will sourcing the original CCTV," said Pieterse. 

In the footage, time stamped 8 August, a cat can be seen. The vehicle passes, and then the cat is seen writhing on the road. 

The vehicle stops and an officer gets out to look. The officer then gets back into the police van and drives off. 

Neighbours then approach the cat, and one is seen waving his arm to indicate that the police van has driven off. 

It was posted on Facebook and shared to a community group saying: "Police van just drove over a cat in church street [sic]. The cat still looks a bit young. Unfortunately it died. If anyone might be looking for their cat, I took it to the Woodstock police station where everyone seemed to have lost their tongues..." 

Pieterse said that, if people neglected an animal that was suffering, they could face a fine of up to R40 000 or one year in jail. 

In a statement on Facebook, the Cape of Good Hope SPCA wrote: "CCTV footage has been brought to our attention of a police vehicle allegedly driving over a cat in Woodstock.

"In the video, it shows how the police vehicle drives over the cat as it ran across the road. The vehicle slows down and fails to stop and assist the injured animal.

"We have been informed that the cat unfortunately succumbed to its injuries. Our inspectors are busy investigating the matter and action will be taken in terms of the Animals Protection Act."

Members of the public can report animal cruelty to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA on 021 700 4158/9 or after hours on 083 326 1604.

Western Cape police spokesperson Andrè Traut said that an official complaint was yet to be reported.

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