Video Leads to Arrest of Manenberg Man for Dog Rape
CAPE TOWN, 17 November 2022 – A 23-year-old Cape Town man was arrested hours after ‘sickening’ selfie-style video footage emerged on social media showing him raping a dog.
The footage, which clearly showed the perpetrator engaged in an act of bestiality, went viral after being posted online. The video found its way to Cape of Good Hope SPCA senior inspectors after being forwarded by concerned members of the community.
The SPCA immediately investigated the incident and within mere hours was able to trace the man to his home address in Manenberg, Cape Town where an arrest was made.
“Thanks to the full support of the Manenberg SAPS and the City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement and Metro Police, the perpetrator of this heinous crime was arrested just hours after we received this sickening footage,” said SPCA Chief Inspector Jaco Pieterse.
The man was taken into police custody and the SPCA has laid criminal charges against him for bestiality in terms of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007 and animal cruelty on terms of the Animals Protection Act 71 of 1962 which makes it an offence to ill-treat, torture or terrify any animal.
“We also removed the victim, a small-breed, young dog from the property. In addition to evidence of having suffered horrendous sexual abuse, the puppy was also confined to a small wooden box and forced to live in otherwise deplorable conditions,” added Pieterse.
Inspector Mark Syce rescuing the young dog from the fully enclosed cage
The dog underwent a full veterinary assessment at the Cape of Good Hope SPCA and will remain in safekeeping.
“When one considers a crime of this nature, we must not forget that the link between gender-based violence (GBV) and animal abuse is highlighted,” Pieterse stated.
The SPCA cites the statistic that at least 71% of GBV perpetrators are also likely to abuse the most vulnerable members of our society: children, the elderly, and of course, animals.
“We will do all that we can in ensuring that the significantly cruel act of animal rape is prosecuted to the full extent of the law in the interests of protecting those without a voice,” confirmed Pieterse.
The SPCA urges communities to report animal cruelty and cases of bestiality.
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