The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) applauds the conviction of Norman Tiseco Mothudi, who mercilessly beat his dog to death with an axe.

On 01 August 2023, the NSPCA received a complaint with a video depicting a man repeatedly striking a dog, to death, with an axe.  This gruesome killing was done in the presence of a minor child who was forced to hold the dog on a long rope.

Driven by a deep sense of duty and compassion, NSPCA Inspector Mpho Mokoena travelled to Olifantshoek, Northern Cape.  Inspector Mokoena meticulously investigated the scene and bravely exhumed the carcass for a post-mortem examination.

The perpetrator was identified, leading to an inspection of his property under warrant.  Shockingly, it was revealed that Mr. Mothudi had callously killed the animal, due to the dog’s purported aggressiveness.  Furthermore, a Boerboel type dog was discovered on the property, kept in deplorable conditions, prompting Inspector Mokoena to intervene and seize the animal.

On 13 February 2024, justice prevailed as the Kathu Magistrates’ Court, delivered judgment, sentencing the accused to four months’ imprisonment or a fine of four thousand Rand.  Additionally, recognising the severity of his actions, the accused was declared unfit to possess a firearm.

 “This conviction is a reminder that the NSPCA stands resolute in the face of animal cruelty and that every animal is deserving of our utmost care and protection” says Inspector Mokoena.

The NSPCA welcomes the conviction, hoping that it will serve as a powerful deterrent to those who would dare to commit such acts of cruelty.  We remain steadfast in our mission to advocate for the humane and compassionate treatment of all animals, and we implore the public to seek assistance from their nearest SPCA if they find themselves unable to care for their animals, instead of resorting to inhumane actions.

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