Victory for SPCA in illegal hunting operation case

A pack of greyhounds is up for adoption after the owner pleaded guilty to using them in an illegal hunting operation.

FILE: One of the greyhounds confiscated from suspected dog hunters in July. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A pack of greyhounds is up for adoption after the owner pleaded guilty to using them in an illegal hunting operation in Malmesbury.

Wolutu Koti pleaded guilty to various charges, including cruelty to animals, in the Atlantis Magistrates Court this week.

He was sentenced to 24 months direct imprisonment, suspended for five years, and fined R10,000.

The court granted the Cape of Good Hope SPCA ownership of the 11 greyhounds and nine puppies after the owner, Koti, entered into a plea agreement with the State.

Eight puppies and three adults have already been adopted.

The SPCA's Clive Matthews says it is the first successful prosecution for this crime in the Western Cape.

“It’s the first time that the court has ruled in favour of our society on illegal dog hunting.”

Matthews says Koti was the mastermind behind a major illegal hunting operation.

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(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)