Posted on 2019-01-14 10:11:57
Two years and 13 court appearances later, Inspector Moloi finally saw justice served on a man found guilty of inflicting horrendous pain and suffering on his dog. Nthuthuko Chaki, who attempted to castrate his dog by winding elastic bands tightly around its testicles, was sentenced in the Newlands court to a fine of R3 000 or 3 months' imprisonment.
This is our first case in which an accused has been convicted of contravening section 2(1) (f) of the Animals Protection Act 71/1962 (among other charges) and we are pleased that the sentence was not suspended in any way, as is usually the case, and that a request for defernment was denied by the presiding officer. This was unprecedented for us and we are very proud to have brought this perpetrator to justice.
Sadly, we were not able to save the dog. By the time the case was brought to Inspector Moloi's attention, the dog's testicles were grossly swollen and infected. Deep, open wounds had developed, causing excruciating pain. The dog was barely able to walk, sit or stand. we estimated that he had been suffering like this for at least two weeks, during which his owner did nothing to treat the wounds or alleviate the pain.
This archaic and cruel practice was commonly used in rural areas in the past. Although less common nowadays, cases still occur but are rarely reported. We hope that this successful prosecution sends a clear message that cruelty to animals will not be tolerated.