March 20, 2019

Soweto man gets 3 years in jail for dog abuse

Soweto man gets 3 years in jail for dog abuse

A Dobsonville, Soweto, man has been sentenced to three years in jail after he was found guilty on 21 charges of animal cruelty, including repeatedly beating an elderly greyhound with a knobkierie, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) said on Friday.

The man had been caught on video, restraining a greyhound with a lead and beating it repeatedly with a knobkierie, Roodepoort SPCA’s spokesperson Mandy Cattenach said.

A witness from Dobsonville, Soweto, had witnessed the dogs being mistreated, took a video recording of the abuse and sent it to the Roodepoort SPCA.

According to the witness, “the more the dog screamed in pain and terror, the more he beat the dog”.

Jabu Mtshali appeared at the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court last week Friday, and was found guilty of 21 charges of animal cruelty and sentenced to three years imprisonment, Cattenach said.

After receiving the video, SPCA Roodepoort obtained a warrant to search Mtshali’s home, accompanied by police officers. Read more

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