Bfn SPCA wins another court case

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Inspector Tebogo Maswanganye of the Bfn SPCA

The Bloemfontein Society for the Prevention of Cruelty against animals (SPCA) has added another victory to its list of court cases.

This as Inspector Tebogo Maswanganye of the Bfn SPCA recently won an animal cruelty case when Lehlohonolo Ralitlhare was found guilty by the Dewetsdorp magistrate after committing an act of cruelty to an animal.

Ralitlhare, who stood accused of castrating a dog with a knife in October 2019, was charged under the Animal Protection Act 71 of 1962 for brutally torturing, ill-treating and terrifying the animal as well as failing to provide medical treatment or attention to the animal.

The canine, who goes by the name Lion, has fully recovered from his operation and has found a forever home. According to the organisation, its staff responded to a call after Lion’s owner had informed them about the incident of animal cruelty.

Upon arrival, Ralitlhare said the reason for his actions was because he found the dog in his garden. “We responded immediately. Lion was taken to the veterinarian who operated on the animal after it had lost a lot of blood after being slashed with a knife,” said Maswanganye.

Ralitlhare was found guilty and fined R2000 and/or 6 months imprisonment, suspended for five years. Inspector Maswanganye told Bloemfontein Courant he hoped this sentence will serve as an example to many animal abusers out there.

The Bfn SPCA has an impressive track record when it comes to winning court cases and made it clear that the organisation cares about all animals and does everything possible to speak for the mute.

Pierce van Heerden
pierce@mahareng.co.za