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Johannesburg - Members of the SPCA in Vereeniging were threatened by a group of residents from Tshepiso, south of Johannesburg, on Wednesday after confiscating several dogs.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) said in a statement it had a warrant from the Vereeniging Magistrate's Court to take the animals.

SPCA inspectors were threatened by about 30 residents. Police were sent to help them.

“Five Greyhound dogs were confiscated after they were found to live in poor living conditions. The dogs had multiple injuries and were confined in a very small cage,” the SPCA said.

“Remains of a guinea fowl was also found on the property. It is alleged that the dogs were being used for illegal hunting.”

On Wednesday morning, an inspector tried to issue a warning to one of the residents, but the resident grabbed the warning book and tore it up.

“The owner of the dogs was violent and deliberately obstructed our inspectors... (in) perform(ing) their duties,” Vereeniging SPCA manager Marlien Pieterse said.

A case of animal cruelty and obstruction would be opened against the owner in terms of the Animals Protection Act. - Sapa


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