SPCA offers R5,000 reward for information after busting illegal dog fighting in Cape Town

One of the pit bulls confiscated from the property.

  • The SPCA is offering a R5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of people involved in illegal dog fighting.
  • Law enforcement, in conjunction with the SPCA, removed a pit bull from a home in Tafelsig.
  • The SPCA said if found guilty there was a possibility of a fine of up to R80,000 and/or imprisonment for up to 24 months.

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA announced on Monday that it is offering a R5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and successful prosecution of those involved in illegal dog fighting in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town.

Members of the public have alerted the SPCA to brutal scenes at a Tafelsig residence, where two pit bulls were involved in a vicious tug of war.

Belinda Abraham, spokeswoman for the SPCA, said the Cape Town Animal Control Unit had managed to track down and locate one of the dogs involved in the fight. The other dog is still missing.

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“We managed to seize one of the dogs. The owner of the dog used his neighbour’s house for dogfighting. The animal is currently undergoing tests to see if he could be rehabilitated from his assault,” a- she declared.

Inspectors Jaco Pieterse and Marco Syce managed to lure the dog into the SPCA van before bringing it back to the organization’s premises.

“The fate of the second dog, a brown pit bull, is unknown. We are appealing to members of the public to provide any information to help locate this dog,” Pieterse said.


The area where the illegal dog fights took place.

The animal welfare organization said these dogs were usually euthanized because they were not always able to recover from the aggression involved in dogfighting.

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“The SPCA is currently gathering all necessary documentation regarding the incident, and animal cruelty and dog fighting charges will be filed in the coming days at Mitchells Plain Police Station,” the SPCA said.

Cape Town law enforcement spokesman Wayne Dyason said officers helped the SPCA remove the dog.


One of the rescued dogs.

“There were no altercations with officers or anyone on the property where the dog was,” Dyason said.

Abraham said dog fighting was illegal in South Africa and anyone found guilty could be fined up to R80,000 and/or jailed for up to 24 months .

Meanwhile, the Animal Welfare Society of South Africa (AWS) said it hoped this year would bring fewer cases of animal cruelty.

Allen Perrins, a spokesperson for AWS, said shelter staffers needed to “control their emotions” when Patsy, a 13-year-old Maltese cross from Lentegeur, was recently admitted with an infected, prolapsed vagina and cancer. in the terminal phase.

“Her badly infected wounds were horrific, and she must have been in excruciating pain, but her cruel owner chose to ignore her cries – instead, he burst into tears when confronted,” Perrins said.

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