The Durban and Coast SPCA is calling for witnesses after a Ballito family’s male cat was found with its tail chopped off and anus ripped out.
The brutally mutilated Bobby somehow made his way back to his home inside the Bay Ridge residential complex in Ballito at 9.30pm on July 22, with his tail hanging from a thin piece of skin, dragging behind him on the ground and his intestine exposed, to seek help from his humans, the Venter family, North Coast Courier reported.
“There was so much blood in the house pouring from Bobby’s body,” said devastated owner, Hilda Venter.
Venter said they rushed the six-year-old Bobby to the Ballito Veterinary Clinic where Dr Shrey Venkatkumar fought hard to save the cat’s life. But Bobby was beyond saving and he had to be euthanised.
“Bobby’s spine pulled out when the veterinarian lifted his tail to examine him. I cannot imagine how much pain he must have been in,” said Venter, her voice quivering with grief.
Dr Venkatkumar said there was no evidence to prove that Bobby’s mutilation was the result of a willful act of animal cruelty, however the cut did not look like a normal animal bite and could also have been caused by a fence or gate.
“We have had Bobby since he was six weeks old and he spent most of his time indoors, only leaving the house to use the toilet,” said Venter. She added Bobby’s 18-month-old companion, Ginger, has not been the same since the incident.
“He has hardly been home and seems to be searching for his beloved lost friend,” said Venter.
The Durban and Coast SPCA is calling for witnesses of this and any other acts of animal cruelty to come forward and present evidence if possible so that criminal cases can be opened.
“Animal torture is a violation of the Animal Protection Act and carries a maximum sentence of three years imprisonment or a fine of R60 000,” said SPCA Durban and Coast spokesperson, Lindsey Concer.
Anyone with information can anonymously contact Debbie at 083 659 5482 or e-mail her at dolphinSPCA@webmail.co.za.
– Caxton News Service