Friday, June 07, 2024

Man from Green Point arrested for brutally beating dog

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 A 34-year-old suspect appeared in the Cape Town Central Magistrates’ court on Friday, on a charge of animal cruelty.

COURTESY: Cape of Good Hope SPCA


This after a harrowing video emerged showing the man from Green Point brutally beating a boston terrier.

‘’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,’’ said Chief Inspector Jaco Pieterse of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA.

‘’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,’’ he added.

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The man was arrested on Tuesday afternoon, and was taken into custody by the Cape Town Central South African Police Services

Chief Inspector Jaco Pieterse of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, who reviewed the video, described it as “harrowing and deeply unsettling.”

“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 man's actions were not only inhumane but also a clear violation of the Animals Protection Act No. 71 of 1962.

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.

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA spokesperson, Belinda Abraham, urged the public to report any suspected cases of animal cruelty to ensure the protection and welfare of all animals.

“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”.

The suspect is expected back in court on 14 June 2024.


Done By: Mitchum George

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