Alberton pastor jailed for dog fighting

The NSPCA says the animals were made to starve and had no water

A teenage boy and his uncle have been convicted for organised dog fighting in Eden Park, in Alberton.

This comes after The National Council of SPCA’s (NSPCA) confiscated a total of 20 dogs from the property.

After many court appearances the teenager received a two year house arrest sentence and his uncle, who is a part time pastor at a local church, received two years imprisonment.

Despite numerous challenges in the prosecution of the case the pair was denied ownership of all the dogs at the property and the NSPCA confiscated another 12 dogs yesterday (July 12).

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A member of the community had alerted the NSPCA about the dog fighting.

The NSPCA described the scene at the property as “horrifying” and of “cruelty and long term suffering”.

Initially eight dogs were found in a serious condition.

The dogs were deprived of food and water and their wounds were left untreated from previous dog fights.

Due to the starvation and infections, five of the eight dogs had to be euthanased.

“The dual nature of this cruelty makes it all the more horrific.

“The dogs had clearly been used for organised dog fighting but instead of even a basic level of care after the fights, they had then been left chained up outside the back door to die slowly of their infected wounds and callous neglect”, said Inspector Nadia Hansa of the NSPCA.

The NSPCA commended the magistrate for the sentence and stated the magistrate recognized “these dogs suffered severely in the hands of the accused.”

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Rivelle Govindsamy

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