Marzanne van den Berg
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7 Jun 2012
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Disabled man fights for his pets

Marzanne van den Berg

AN unpaid account of more than as R20 000 stands between a Johannesburg dementia sufferer and the pets that keep him company during the day. The kennels which have been housing the animals for a few weeks say they would like to return the animals, but first want the money owed to them ...

AN unpaid account of more than as R20 000 stands between a Johannesburg dementia sufferer and the pets that keep him company during the day. The kennels which have been housing the animals for a few weeks say they would like to return the animals, but first want the money owed to them.

Robert Subramony (51) suffers from diabetes and dementia and underwent a brain operation in 2007. He can’t work. He recently moved to Johannesburg from Ballito with a friend, Ilze Borraine, who takes care of him, and her family.

The chows, Snoopy and Vettie, rottweiler Lassy and the parrot, Subner, were trained to keep Subramony occupied. A financial crisis arose after Subramony moved and he now cannot afford to pay the kennels.

Borraine said Paws for Thought have refused to hand the animals back and she has had no response to attempts at making alternative arrangements for payment.

She said Paws for Thought has apparently threatened to put the animals down.

On May 24 an interim order was granted in the high court in Durban prohibiting Paws for Thought from harming the animals or disposing of them.

The parties will appear in court again tomorrow regarding Subramony’s application to get the animals back.

Craig Pilkington, Paws for Thought’s legal representative, said the allegations made in the court papers were fictional and libellous.

As far as Paws for Thought is concerned the animals do not belong to Subramony, but to Borraine, who has previously brought them to the kennels.