Cape SPCA pleased with conviction of illegal hunter

The sentencing of Wolutu Koti for illegal hunting was a first in the Western Cape & a small victory for the SPCA.

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CAPE TOWN - The Cape of Good Hope Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) says the sentencing of an illegal hunter has set a precedent.

Wolutu Koti was handed a R10,000 fine or one year imprisonment as well as 24 months of direct imprisonment suspended for five years.

Koti was arrested after being caught with a pack of 11 greyhounds in September last year.

The sentencing of Koti for illegal hunting was a first in the Western Cape and a small victory for the Cape of Good Hope SPCA.

The SPCA's Clive Matthews says, “It’s the first time that there’s been a successful conviction on illegal hunting and the illegal transportation under the Animal Act. This sets a precedent for the future as the prosecution has a case reference.”

Koti pleaded guilty to using the eleven greyhounds for illegal hunting.

He was caught with the greyhounds crammed into a bakkie, and two dead animals, a Cape fox and a Cape porcupine.

The greyhounds and a litter of puppies were handed to the SPCA and are now up for adoption.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)