Horrific case of malicious murder

On Thursday 16th June (Youth Day) the Brakpan SPCA responded to a very disturbing complaint. We were called out by the Brakpan SAPS to assist with the arrest of a man who had throttled his dog with a cable tie to prevent it from making a noise, while he beat it to death with a lead pipe. The incident took place in Brakpan North.

When we arrived we found a well built man standing calmly in his driveway talking to the police, (the owner). The police introduced themselves and took us to the scene where we found a small Miniature Pincher lying on the ground with several fresh wounds on her body. She was dead. She also had a cable tie, tied around her neck, so tightly, we were unable to cut it off with a knife. Her head was horribly disfigured from the blows of the steel pipe and her tongue had turned blue. Next to her body, lay a white plastic bag, stained with blood.

The Constable who had called us to the scene, claimed that he had found the little dog in the plastic bag when he had arrived. A neighbour had phoned the police when she had heard the screams from the dog as it was getting beaten. She also witnessed the pet owner place the dog in the plastic bag while it was still alive.

I asked the owner why he had done this to his animal. He claimed that his dog had been sick and that he had decided to end its suffering by killing it in the most humane way he could. He blatantly admitted to me that he had strangled the dog with the cable tie and then beat it to death with the lead pipe. We found no physical evidence that the animal had been sick as she appeared to have been in perfect health. We sent her body to Ondersterpoort for an autopsy which verified that the dog had been beaten and even stabbed with a sharp object (possibly a knife) through one side of her body and out the other. The side of her heart was pierced in the process.

Further investigations have indicated that the owner had fought with his wife earlier on in the morning, regarding the dog. We suspect the owner had murdered the dog out of anger.

We would like to thank the constables from the Brakpan SAPS, for their excellent response and handling of this incident. The accused was handcuffed and arrested on the scene. He will be prosecuted under the Animals Protection Act 71 of 1962 for animal cruelty in the Brakpan Magisterial courts.

We are completely devastated and horrified at this incident. Makes one almost ashamed to be human!

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