Friday, 28 November 2008 13:05

SAPS officer guelty of cruelty to animals

Lucas Moto, has been found guilty of offences in terms of the Animals Protection Act No 71 of 1962 as amended and was sentenced to a fine of R6 000.00 or 180 days imprisonment, suspended for five years.
 
He is a serving member of the SAPS in Lenasia.
The SPCAs Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark, Sasolburg and Districts had confiscated eight cattle and one dog from Lucas Moto’s plot in Gladwood in the Vaal Triangle. A Court Order had been obtained to permit the seizure of the animals after written warnings had been issued and education had been carried out in terms of advising Mr Moto on how to care for his animals. When they were removed from the property, the cattle were still enclosed in a kraal without food, water or shelter.
 
Heidi Labuschagne of the SPCA Vereeniging and Lycinda Visser of the SPCA Vanderbijlpark testified in Court against the owner of the animals.
 
The NSPCA congratulates all concerned in the case for their commitment and dedication.
 
It is horrific that serving a police officer was charged with and convicted of cruelty to animals. This is the second case this year. The question asked is whether a police officer with a criminal record can continue to serve and work actively in the SAPS.
 
Lucas Moto has brought shame upon the South African Police Service.