Senior Inspector Wayne Hector confiscated a puppy confined to a wooden kennel that was collapsed and busy dying. The puppy was found half dead and required immediate intervention.
DU NOON – Senior Inspector Wayne Hector responded to an urgent call for help earlier this week. It was reported that a puppy was being permanently confined to a wooden kennel with no light or ventilation.
When Wayne arrived at the property, the owner of the puppy was not home, and he was granted access to the property by a tenant. The tenant took Wayne to where the puppy was being kept.
Little did Wayne know what he was going to find.
To Wayne’s horror, he found a wooden kennel in the full sun, enclosed with what looked like a piece of a broken chair and a plastic container with a brick on top – with the puppy inside.
The kennel was fully enclosed with no light or ventilation.
Wayne immediately removed the objects obstructing the opening of the kennel. The puppy was lying on its side, lifeless. Initially, Wayne thought the puppy was already dead. Upon closer inspection, the puppy was still breathing and barely alive. Wayne immediately seized the puppy in terms of the Animals Protection Act 71 of 1962, read together with Regulation 468.
Puppy passed away
Wayne rushed back to the SPCA Hospital in Grassy Park with the puppy, barely alive. When Wayne arrived at the SPCA, the puppy sadly passed away. One of our resident veterinarians examined the lifeless body of the puppy, and it was confirmed that the puppy was very ill and suffered from Canine Parvovirus.
The tenant, who does not want to be named, advised Wayne that they told the owner that what he was doing was wrong, but he would not listen.
We decided to call this boy Angel because he is now flying with the angels and no longer suffering. We will ensure that justice is served for Angel.
Criminal charges will now be laid against the owner in terms of the Animals Protection Act 71 of 1962. It is a criminal offence for any person to confine any animal in an inadequate place and not provide sufficient light and/or ventilation. Leaving any sick animal without veterinary treatment is also a criminal offence.
Any person found guilty on a charge in terms of the Animals Protection Act may be sentenced to a fine of up to R40,000 and or imprisonment not exceeding 12 months, with a criminal record.
We urge the public to please report any cruelty directly to our Inspectorate by calling our 24/7 call centre on 021 700 4158/9 or by sending an email to email@example.com
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