Image via: Cape of Goodhope SPCA

SPCA investigates claims of abuse after viral video of puppy surfaces

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA is investigating claims of cruelty after a video of a puppy being abused by pet-sitters surfaced.


Image via: Cape of Goodhope SPCA

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA is investigating animal cruelty claims after a horrifying video surfaced of two pet-sitters allegedly beating a 7-month-old boxer puppy in Hermanus.

[NEWS] The Cape of Good Hope SPCA is currently investigating allegations of animal cruelty involving two pet sitters…

Posted by Cape of Good Hope SPCA on Wednesday, March 24, 2021

SPCA spokesperson Beverley Abrahams said the owner of the puppy was only made aware of the incident after watching CCTV footage.

“The case has been handed over to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA for further investigation by the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA). The owner is very distraught and wants justice.”

In the video footage, the puppy appears to be beaten with an object and then cruelly picked up by the flesh of the neck and rump and thrown out of the door. The incident was reported to have taken place on 22 March 2021 in Hermanus.

“We wish to assure our supporters that the case is in good hands. Our Inspectorate team made contact with the owner of the abused dog. We will be working closely with the owner to ensure that charges of animal cruelty are brought against the two pet sitters in terms of the Animals Protection Act 71 of 1962.”

Social Media users reacted with shock when the footage surfaced on the Gordons Bay community Facebook group.


In the video shared by the dog’s owner are the two pet-sitters, allegedly abusing a 7-month-old boxer puppy. The video that was initially shared on the Hermanus Community News/ Gemmenskaps Nuus Facebook page completely outraged community members.

On the post, the dog’s owners explained that the incident took place while they were away from home and that they had entrusted the puppy into the care of the pet-sitters.


The Gordon’s Bay Community page also shared screenshots of perpetrators in question, and captioned the post:

“These two ‘people’ were caught on camera abusing a boxer puppy. According to the owners of this victim, this was not the first or last time that it happened”.

A screenshot shared on Facebook reportedly shows the couple’s response. They claimed that the puppy “snapped” at them and they believe he has “serious behavioural issues and does not listen when spoken to”.

One Facebook user, Karen Ellis Brown, commenting on the video and news of the SPCA investigation said:

“Can’t watch the video but this is a warning to ensure you get proper vetted pet-sitters with references that you actually must call and verify before leaving your pets with total strangers. The dogs will be scarred for life.”