The Cape Town of Good Hope SPCA has once again intervened and saved two dogs from a deadly dog-fighting ring – and their criminal owners.
Chief Inspector Jaco Pieterse and Inspect Mark Syce feel strongly about the criminal act of dog fights. On Monday, May 31 they received footage of a dogfight and the next day the immediately located the house, and obtained a warrant from the Wynberg Magistrates Court to remove the animals.
In a post on their website, they said: “Law Enforcement and South African Police Services then accompanied Chief Inspector Jaco Pieterse and Inspector Mark Syce to the property in Manenberg where the dogfight had allegedly taken place. There they were able to find the original video evidence of the dog fight on one suspect’s phone and identify him from clothing worn in the video. He was arrested on the scene and is now in police custody.”
A second suspect was detained at the Manenberg Police Station as well.
It came as no surprise that one suspect has three criminal charges against him, two for murder and another for the illegal possession of a firearm. The second man taken into custody also has a prior charge of attempted murder.
“Both dogs found on the property have been taken into the care of the SPCA and have already undergone veterinary assessment,” the SPCA said. “We don’t know how many dogs, being forced to fight, are still waiting for us to rescue them but we do know that these two dogs will never have to endure that torture ever again. Please keep fighting dog fighting alongside us! We won a battle today, but the war rages on.”
If you have information regarding the illegal activity of dog fighting, you are urged to contact 0833261604 anonymously. The SPCA also offers a reward of R5000 if the case is successfully prosecuted.