Sports enthusiast guilty of animal cruelty


Bloemfontein SPCA celebrated a victory in the Brandfort Magistrate’s Court. A case of animal cruelty was opened against a female who was found guilty on charges of animal cruelty.

According to Bloemfontein SPCA chief inspector, Reinet Meyer, the case was opened against Christel van Rhyn after six horses were found on Van Rhyn’s property, based at Brandfort, in a severely injured state.

“The horses found on the property hardly had any muscle mass on their bodies. The hips, spinal cord and ribs were all clearly showing,” said Meyer.


Meyer mentioned that the horses were found in filthy conditions next to an open sewage line running through Van Rhyn’s property.

“The horses further showed a multitude of medical conditions including kissing spine. I find it concerning that Miss Van Rhyn actively participates in equestrian sports. I believe that her continued participation in these equine sports led to the cruelty inflicted on these poor animals,” mentioned Meyer.

Van Rhyn was found guilty in terms of Section 2(1)(a) of the Animal Protection Act and was further declared unfit to own a firearm. She is banned from owning any horses for two years.

She was fined R3000 or, on default of payment, 3 months direct imprisonment suspended for three years on condition that the accused is not convicted of animal cruelty.

Compiled by Abigail Visagie