NSPCA senior inspector Jaco Pieterse told The Citizen the organisation applauded the decision. The NSPCA broke the syndicate eight days ago. As a result 18 people were arrested and 14 badly wounded pit bulls were rescued in the raid in Tsakane.
Of the 18 accused, 14 were remanded in custody by the Tsakane Magistrate’s Court until next Monday where a bail application will take place, whilst the other four who previously received bail were still out.
The SPCA said that 13 of the dogs had to be euthanised due to the severity of their injuries and the suffering that they were subjected to.
According to Activists for Animals Africa spokesperson Miranda Jordan, protesters from various animal associations were intimidated by family and friends of the accused during the bail hearing.
“The courtroom was packed with family and friends of the accused who tried to intimidate the protesters but we stood our ground. This vicious blood sport needs to be stopped at all costs. We will continue to support the NSPCA by being at court and showing our outrage,” Jordan added.