On Monday, the Cape of Good Hope SPCA received several calls concerning a man walking with two severely underweight dogs in Lakeside, near Muizenberg.
According to the complainants, the dogs were not in good condition and required urgent intervention. The complainants offered assistance to the man, but he refused their offer of help. The complainants followed the suspect until the SPCA arrived.
Cadet Inspector Eugene Links was the first on the scene. When Links approached the suspect to discuss the complaint and to inspect the dogs, the suspect became aggressive and hostile. The suspect refused to comply and fled the scene, running with the dogs in an attempt to get away from Cadet Inspector Links.
Links was hot on his heels and managed to follow him until backup arrived.
Arrival of backup
Inspector Werner Taljaard arrived shortly thereafter to assist Cadet Inspector Links, however, things took a turn for the worse.
When Inspector Taljaard approached the suspect, the suspect reacted with hostile aggression. He pushed Inspector Taljaard several times and attempted to physically assault him.
When Taljaard backed off, the suspect incited his dogs to attack the Inspectors. The two dogs attacked Cadet Inspector Links, biting him on his arm.
The suspect then physically attacked and assaulted Inspector Taljaard who then had no other option but to defend himself by spraying the suspect with pepper spray.
Fortunately, Inspector Taljaard was able to restrain the suspect and arrested him. The suspect was taken to the Steenberg South African Police Service (SAPS) where he was formally charged and detained on charges of obstruction and assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm.