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Pit Bull owner pleads guilty

by Staff Reporter
on 03 Oct 2007
The Claremont Website
The Claremont Website

Wayne Browers, who faced six charges of cruelty to animals, has pleaded guilty in the Cape Town Magistrates Court before magistrate Alta Fredericks.

Browers was fined R10000, R5000 of which was suspended for five years and the remainder had to be paid to the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). In addition to this he was banned from owning animals, or being in a position of controlling them for the next 15 years, and has to do 1000 hours of community service at the Grassy Park SPCA. The trial took the form of plea-bargain proceedings after he pleaded guilty to the charges against him.

Browers kept eight pit bulls for use in dog fights, and confined to a small space in his Woodstock home. The dogs, as well as two cats and a cockatiel, where also starved or underfed. In addition to these acts, he admitted to having the ears of two pit bull puppies and two pit bull dogs cropped without the proper supervision of a veterinary surgeon.

The defence attorney, Enrico Philander, informed the court that Browers had since been evicted from his Woodstock home and was presently living with his father in Claremont. The dogs, cats and cockatiel are now in the care of the SPCA.

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