Wednesday, 20 February 2008 11:27

SPCA name abused as animal stolen in Western Cape

The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) is treating with utmost seriousness a document that has come to hand which is fraudulent, scurrilous and neither coming from nor associated with an SPCA.

The document was headed "S.P.C.A." and addressed "To Whom it May Concern", delivered by hand to an address in the Western Cape: -

“It is illegal to keep an animal unattended on a property. A fine of R200000.00 to R300000.00 or a 12 month jail sentence. The animal has been removed after close inspection of the property.”
There was an illegible signature, beneath which was written “Field Inspector, W-Cape.”

No such position exists.

The National Council of SPCAs has advised the person whose dog was taken that charges of theft should be laid. Charges of fraud can also be laid as can charges in terms of Act 169 of 1993, the SPCA Act.

The SPCA name has been used falsely, deceitfully, dishonestly and therefore illegally. This issue is being taken with extreme seriousness. This, in a document that is badly written and reveals ignorance of the law, its procedures and penalties.

Christine Kuch of the NSPCA stated, “We urgently seek information as to who this person is. This is beyond unacceptable. It is downright fraud. We remain concerned about the animal, who has taken it and where.”

Details can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or faxed to 011-907-4013 if anyone has information.