It took more than two years, but finally, justice was served for little Stamford, the Yorkshire terrier who was kicked to death in 2019. Mr Ozayr Schüller was found guilty on two charges of animal cruelty, each carrying a sentence of R6 000 fine or six months’ imprisonment, suspended for five years – and he now has a criminal record for animal abuse.
Tamlyn Sylvester, a witness in the case, had seen her neighbour kick and stomp Stamford in his small back yard. She immediately called the Cape of Good Hope SPCA – but it was, sadly, too late for little Stamford, who died before SPCA Inspector Elani Graham arrived. Stamford had belonged to Schüller’s ex-girlfriend.
In court, Schüller pleaded not guilty, saying that he had kicked Stamford because he had messed inside the flat. But as the saying goes, there’s no excuse for animal abuse.
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