The man suspected of mutilating pets to evoke sympathy from potential buyers has been apprehended after concerned people had together on social media, offering a reward of up to R5 000 for information leading to his arrest.
The suspect was apprehended on Wandel Street in Dunkley Square, Gardens, where he was found selling mutilated puppies to the public.
City of Cape Town Law Enforcement spokesperson Wayne Dyason said:
“This method of selling puppies apparently garners sympathy from buyers who are moved by the sight of the suffering puppy and then buy it to seek medical care for the poor animal.”
The Cape of Goodhope SPCA was alerted to the issue, and has issued a warning to the public to be vigilant when buying or rescuing puppies from someone who is not an accredited dog breeder.
The SPCA has been investigating this particular individual for more than three years, and has laid charges against him in the past.