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Animal cruelty fury: Stolen livestock forced into bakkie

A case of animal cruelty and livestock theft has angered residents in a North West town. Thankfully, police intervened.

animal cruelty livestock theft

Photo: SAPS

Three suspects will appear in the Lehurutshe Magistrate’s Court in the North West on Monday.
But as it stands, they won’t face any charges of animal cruelty. That’s despite carrying out livestock theft by stealing three cows. And then tying all three living animals flat onto the back of a Toyota Hilux Bakkie.

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Police arrested the three suspects behind the incident on Thursday, after Free State Police received a tip-off about cows being loaded on a bakkie near Swartkopfontein.

“The trio were arrested during an operation that was conducted between the Swartkopfontein and Kopfontein Ports of Entry. Members were informed about people who were seen loading cattle on a Toyota Hilux bakkie. Upon following up, the members successfully tracked down the vehicle which was found loaded with three live cattle. The vehicle was then escorted to Swartkopfontein Port of Entry where the suspects failed to give proper account of the possession upon questioning.”


Police have confirmed that while investigations are still ongoing, the three suspects are not currently facing charges of animal cruelty.

Once SAPS made the announcement of the upcoming court appearence, South Africans across all walks of life took to the comments to demand that animal cruelty charges are added. In the photo provided by police, not one or two, but THREE cows were tied up lying flat on top of the bakkie. In order to make sure the animals could not stand, they were trapped under a net acting as the bakkie’s canopy.

The issue of livestock theft has long plagued SAPS and local farmers. Some police officers were also recently caught being a lot more involved than they should of.
In July, five SAPS members from the Free State were arrested on charges of stock theft