Montford man prosecuted for animal cruelty (WARNING: Image not for sensitive viewers)

A 37-year-old Montford man was sentenced in the Chatsworth Magistrate’s Court after he was found guilty of contravening of the Animal Protection Act, Act 71 of 1962, last week.

Sibusiso Shepherd Mlambo was sentenced to six months imprisonment half of which is suspended for three years, or to pay R2, 000.

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Communications officer of the Chatsworth SAPS, Cpt Cheryl Pillay, said it is alleged that a Metropolitan police officer responded to a complaint of animal cruelty at the residence in Montford.

The dog was starved and subsequently died while still chained by the neck.

“Upon arrival, the officer found that the animal was dead and still tied to the chain. The owner of the dog was charged and placed before court for mistreating an animal by failing to provide adequate food and water,” added Cpt Pillay.

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Acting station commander of the Chatsworth SAPS, Col Krish Nair, commended the investigating officer, Det Sgt Cele, for the successful prosecution of the accused.

“As the festive season approached ensure that animals are taken care of. Residents who are leaving their homes over the festive season must ensure that adequate care is given to the animals or they are placed in animal shelters,” he said.

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Yoshini Perumal

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