Shocked… stunned… horrified.
These words closest describe the emotions being stirred up by the stomach turning sight of a severely abused dog found dying in Ext 11, eMbalenhle yesterday (19 November 2016).
Several people have already contributed to raise the amount of money offered as reward for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this dog’s abuse.
The animal’s head was partly severed due to a broken zipper that was wounded so tightly around its neck that the zipper had chaffed all the skin and cut into the flesh.
According to senior inspector at the Highveld Ridge SPCA, this was done on purpose. “The zipper was wounded right around her little neck, so deep that it resulted in her head being swollen to twice the size it should have been, and the cartilage of her trachea being exposed,” said Jenneth.
Judging from the damage done, Jenneth believes the dog must have been tied up for weeks. “She was severely emaciated because she could not swallow – not even water”. Some residents of Ext 11 found the dog where had collapse in the street and alerted the police, who in turn notified the SPCA.
The injuries were so extreme that the SPCA had no other option than to euthanise the dog.
The SPCA initially offered an award of R3 000, but on-line readers have already pledged more money towards the reward. It is now more than R4 000. Jenneth promised to protect the identity of anyone who can help find the owner of the dog or shed light on who the perpetrator is, as well as who the owner of the animal might be.
If you wish to add to the reward, please email your pledge to Snr Inspector Jenneth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this act of heinous animal cruelty, please contact Snr inspector Jenneth on 082 222 1122.