Police are investigating a case of theft after a couple allegedly stole a dog from the SPCA in Centurion, south of Pretoria.
Centurion SPCA spokesperson Christina Masemola said the stray animal was brought in on Saturday.
“Someone found the Jack Russel in the streets and brought it in for safety. On Sunday, it was taken,” she told Rekord North.
Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Hero Gumbu said a couple arrived on Sunday to collect the animal.
He said the couple was told to wait for approval and pay a fee for the dog to be released. The couple then left and returned later when the SPCA had already closed for the day.
“They returned to the SPCA when it was already closed and demanded the animal. The woman allegedly called the workers the k-word before jumping the fence into the kennels to get the dog,” added Gumbu.
He said the man who accompanied the woman also jumped into the kennels to assist her. They took the dog and fled. No one has been arrested yet.
It is not clear whether the stolen dog was owned by the couple. Police investigations are ongoing.
In a separate incident, CCTV footage emerged showing a man stealing a three-month-old cross-Rottweiler through the palisade fence of a house in Brakpan, on Gauteng’s East Rand, last year.
In the video, the man is seen approaching the fence with a bag in his hand. He kneels down and lures the three dogs on the premises to the fence.
Shortly afterwards, he grabs the puppy named Angel, pulls him through the fence and places the puppy in the bag before casually walking away.
– Caxton News Service