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By Bonny Verwey
The man accused of strangling and breaking a cat's neck at Durban's Bluff Yacht Club in May has been fined R1 500 after pleading guilty in the Durban district court to a charge of cruelty to animals.
SPCA inspector Jacqui Dewar was one of four state witnesses called in on Monday to testify against Marthinus Fourie.
In another case of animal cruelty, a security guard was fined R500 for throwing a brick at a cat at the Chatsworth shopping centre.
"The security guard threw a brick at the cat and then left it suffering with its injuries," Dewar said.
"One of our inspectors was called out and the cat had to be put down," she said.
Meanwhile, the four students suspected of microwaving a cat at the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Edgewood campus, also in May, have been questioned by the university's security personnel. SPCA Inspector Darren Miskin said there was no firm evidence against the four.
Miskin said investigations had been made more difficult as a person who had identified the four suspects in a letter to the case investigators, could not be traced.
He said that the individual, whose name was on the letter, had earlier said she would co-operate with investigators, but later claimed she had not written the letter.