Cape Town woman, 10, arrested for allegedly selling puppies illegally

Law enforcement officials have apprehended a woman and a child for illegally selling eight crossbred puppies from society gardens in Cape Town.

  • A woman and child have been charged with illegally selling puppies in the CBD over the weekend.
  • Law enforcement officials and the SPCA apprehended the pair.
  • All eight puppies have since been released to SPCA veterinary staff.

Law enforcement officials apprehended a woman and a 10-year-old child on Saturday for the alleged illegal sale of eight crossbred puppies in the Company’s Garden, Cape Town.

Cape of Good Hope SPCA spokeswoman Belinda Abraham told News24 they were alerted by members of the public and a law enforcement official to the illegal activity taking place in the CBD.

Abraham said:

The woman was operating in the area trying to sell the puppies. Temperatures over the weekend exceeded 30 degrees Celsius and the pups had no food or water available.

According to the SPCA, the sale of animals was illegal under the new Animal Keeping Regulations 2021, recently introduced by Cape Town.

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The duo were arrested for cruelty to animals under the Animal Welfare Act 71 of 1962 and illegal sale of animals under the Keeping of Animals Regulations 2021.

“The suspect was taken to Cape Town CBD Police Station for processing and the Department of Social Development was called to oversee the minor’s safety,” Abraham said.

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Chief Inspector Jaco Pieterse seized the puppies and they are currently at the SPCA in the care of veterinary staff.

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The duo were arrested for cruelty to animals under the Animal Welfare Act 71 of 1962 and illegal sale of animals under the Keeping of Animals Regulations 2021.

Law enforcement spokesman Wayne Dyason confirmed to News24 that one of his “auxiliary” staff members assisted the SPCA inspector in removing the woman’s and baby’s puppies. child on Saturday.

It was understood that the SPCA team were traveling to Manenberg to collect the two adult dogs from the woman producing the litter and that they would be neutered.

“We urge the public not to buy puppies from hawkers. It’s not only illegal, but it encourages this illegal trade,” Pieterse said.

The puppies would be monitored over the next week to ensure their health and well-being. They would be put up for adoption, subject to passing a clinical evaluation.

The duo was taken into custody on charges of anima

The duo were arrested for cruelty to animals under the Animal Welfare Act 71 of 1962 and illegal sale of animals under the Keeping of Animals Regulations 2021.

The provincial social development department has been approached for comment and said it is aware of the matter.

“The department is aware of the respective case,” spokesman Joshua Chigome said.


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