Tuesday, 27 January 2009 18:11

Horrific case of dog dragged behind vehicle

HORRIFIC CASE OF DOG DRAGGED BEHIND VEHICLE
WOULD YOU WANT THIS PERSON TO TEACH YOUR CHILD?


A teacher working in the Mount Ayliff area of the Eastern Cape, has been charged with seven counts of contravening the Animals Protection Act No 71 of 1962 after he dragged his dog behind a vehicle, then cut the rope and threw the dog into the bushes. The dog was still alive. The culprit had decided that since the dog allegedly bit his child, that this was the acceptable punishment for the deed.

The incident came to light thanks to informants who witnessed the incident. Personnel from the SPCA Kokstad,  including the Chairman, immediately set out and after a search of about 40 minutes, the dog was found bleeding profusely from the head, mouth and body. The dog's tongue had been just about 90% severed near the base from the effect of being dragged along the tar. The pads of the dog's paws were cut and grazed.

The dog was immediately rushed to a veterinarian where he was examined and his injuries assessed. The sad decision was made to euthanase the dog due to the nature and severity of the injuries and their lasting effect. If the dog survived surgery, his subsequent quality of life would have been severely compromised.

This blatant, knowing and extreme contravention of the Animals Protection Act deserves the full might of the law. This action was pre-determined, calculated and malicious in the extreme. Yet the SAPS initially refused to open a docket or arrest the perpetrator who was traced through an accurate description of the vehicle, its occupants and registration number. The vehicle was traced to an address in Kokstad and criminal charges were then laid.