The alleged owner of the two dogs responsible for the killing of at least two cats in the Manenberg area and prime suspect (for his alleged involvement) in the brutal slaughter of at least 42 cats over the past month was apprehended and taken in for formal questioning earlier today, August 20.
The suspect (an adult male) who reportedly has a criminal record (for an unrelated crime) and spent five years in jail offered no resistance and never uttered a word during the drive to the police station where he was placed in a holding cell pending being interviewed by seasoned SAPS Detective Sergeant Mzanzi who has served the Manenberg Community for the past 18 years.
In the meantime, the two dogs appear to have adjusted well to their loving new surroundings and are sitting the first of three independent behavioural tests this afternoon.
“It is no co-incidence that since our first visit to the property and confiscation of the dogs on Monday the 16th Aug the killings have stopped,” says the Animal Welfare Society of SA (AWS).
“By dispossessing the suspect of his ability to hunt by proxy we have dealt him a decisive blow and regardless of the outcome of a possible trial this represents a triumph for the besieged cats and beleaguered community who have lived on edge for far too long.
“Just before leaving the property our team conducted a consensual search of the residence and found a tiny puppy amongst the litter and scrap material in the backyard. No-one claimed ownership so he too has been taken into our care,” AWS continued.
“We have progressed as far as we can with this unprecedented animal cruelty case and today handed the baton over to SAPS to further the investigation and hopefully secure a conviction,” they concluded.
The AWS thanks everyone who contributed towards the reward that now stands at R20 000 and is still available to anyone who can provide them with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator(s).