The Cape of Good Hope SPCA responded to a cruelty report where an owner refused to seek veterinary treatment after his dog was allegedly hit by a vehicle Friday 11 February. The case was investigated on the same day.
Inspector Elani Graham and Cadet Inspector Lwazi Ntungele issued several warnings before approaching the Cape Town Magistrates’ court for recourse.
In her application, Inspector Graham informed the court that the dog had been driven over by a vehicle, causing severe injury.
The owner, who was granted ample time to comply, refused the assistance of the SPCA and neglected to get the animal the veterinary care it requires.
“To date, the owner has neglected to have this poor dog seen and treated by any veterinarian and also refused the assistance offered by the SPCA. I am of the view that there is no other option but to confiscate the dog due to non-compliance and in order for this dog to be able to be seen and treated by a veterinarian to prevent any further suffering to the animal. It is cruel and inhumane to treat any animal in such a manner. I am of the reasonable view that this is an offence in terms of Section 2(1)(a) and (e) of the Animals Protection Act No 71 of 1962 and that the dog is suffering unnecessarily,” says Graham.
A court order was granted authorising the seizure of the dog.
Inspectors and the police arrived at the dwelling, where there was no answer to the police knocking on the door. Attempts to phone the owner were also unsuccessful.
Members of the Dunoon community nearby confirmed that the owner was in fact inside the house and that it appears he does not want to open or answer on purpose. Persistent in their pursuit, officials gained access to the dwelling and found the injured dog hidden under the bed.
The dog was confiscated and transported to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA veterinary hospital for treatment.
The owner is facing charges of animal cruelty in terms of the Animals Protection Act.