Green Point Man Arrested Following Shocking Animal Cruelty Video

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A Green Point man has been arrested and faces charges of animal cruelty after the Cape of Good Hope SPCA received a disturbing video showing him cruelly beating a Boston Terrier.

12 June 2024: 🐾 Waffles Update! 🐾

We know you’ve been eager to hear how Waffles, the brave Boston Terrier, is doing in our care, so here’s a little update!

Waffles has been seen by a veterinarian and is recovering remarkably well from his traumatic ordeal. He spends his nights sleeping soundly in our hospital, receiving all the love and care he deserves. During the day, he’s a regular in our Chief Inspector’s Office, where he enjoys plenty of snoozing, snoring, and, of course, playtime with his furry friends. Trust us, he’s not bored for a single minute!

We’ve been overwhelmed by the incredible offers to adopt Waffles, but we can’t accept them just yet. Waffles remains in the custody of the SPCA pending the outcomes of the charges against his owner. Only if a Magistrate finds his owner guilty and denies him ownership of Waffles will Waffles become eligible for adoption, with his ownership legally transferred to the SPCA.

We’ll continue to keep you updated on Waffles’ progress and appreciate all the love and support you’ve shown him during this time. Thank you for being part of Waffles’ journey to a brighter future!

05 June 2024: The footage, which was received by the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, depicts the man subjecting the dog to a relentless beating with a wooden, bristled brush.

The video, which is one minute and fifty-nine seconds long, begins with the dog lying petrified on a concrete floor. The man initially hits the dog once, then proceeds to remove the dog’s jersey, (which we presume was offering a measure of padding), survey his surroundings, and lift the dog by the scruff of his neck.

The dog is then thrown to the ground, pinned down, and beaten repeatedly with both the flat and the bristled side of the brush, with one particularly brutal blow appearing to land on the dog’s spine. A torn garbage bag and the occasional presentation of its spilled contents to the dog suggest that this is the reason for the heartless beating. The man hits the cowering dog a total of 33 times before he finally wriggles from his grasp and runs for the refuge of his kennel. 

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA launched an immediate investigation upon receiving the video, leading to the arrest of the suspect late yesterday afternoon. He was taken into custody by the Cape Town Central South African Police Services where he awaits his first court appearance.

Chief Inspector Jaco Pieterse of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, who reviewed the video, described it as “harrowing and deeply unsettling.” He stated, “The man’s actions were not only inhumane but also a clear violation of the Animals Protection Act No. 71 of 1962. We are extremely thankful to the person who provided us with the evidence that enabled us to act swiftly and decisively today.”

The Boston Terrier, named Waffles was confiscated at the time of the man’s arrest and taken into the care of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA where he is currently undergoing veterinary evaluation.

Belinda Abraham, Spokesperson for the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, says “Community vigilance is one of our greatest assets in the fight against animal cruelty. We sincerely appreciate those who are brave enough to speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves”.
Please report what you know by calling 0217004158/9 or sending an email to inspectorate@spca-ct.co.za. Reports can also be made online

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