Three pitbulls were stoned, stabbed, and burnt to death after they attacked a young girl in a Gatesville field. The child sustained severe injuries.
COMMUNITY MEMBERS STONED, STABBED, AND BURNT THE PITBULLS TO DEATH
The Cape of Good Hope SPCA said it was alerted to the brutal killing of three pitbulls by community members in Gatesville, Athlone, on Sunday.
“According to the report received by the SPCA, the dogs had attacked a young girl in a Gatesville field.
“The child sustained severe injuries and had to be rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.
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“The community took matters into their own hands and attacked the dogs – stoning, stabbing, and hitting the animals with various objects before burning them to death.”
The SPCA furthermore said this was the second reported incident of dogs being set alight in one weekend.
SPCA Inspector Jeffrey Mfini, who rushed to the scene after the SPCA received the report, found the dogs still burning.
“Mfini extinguished the fire, but all the animals succumbed to their injuries.
THE SPCA FOUND THE DOGS STILL BURNING
The dogs’ bodies were taken to the SPCA premises in Grassy Park, where post-mortems will be conducted.
The SPCA’s Chief Inspector, Jaco Pieterse said people must not take matters into their own hands – no animal deserves to endure brutality and suffering.
“We urge the public to contact the SPCA if a dog behaves aggressively or tries to bite someone. We will take the dog immediately.”
PEOPLE URGED NOT TO TAKE MATTERS INTO THEIR OWN HANDS
The SPCA made it clear that it does not support the petition to ban or outlaw pit bulls – but fully supports the motion to develop and implement stronger regulations/legislation with regard to the keeping and breeding of power breed dogs.
“While the SPCA movement’s mandate is the prevention of cruelty to animals and promoting good animal care, the SPCA also values human lives.
“Not only do people suffer from dog attacks, but other animals are also victims and have been mauled to death.”SPCA
IN MANY INSTANCES, THE AGGRESSIVE ANIMALS HAVE BEEN SUBJECTED TO EXTREME ABUSE
It stressed the fact that, in many instances, the aggressive animals themselves have also been subjected to extreme abuse and cruelty in the manner in which they are kept, trained, and even killed.
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“This is an issue where both human and animal lives have been placed in danger by irresponsible people who lack the skills and knowledge required to handle power breeds.”