Jack Russel named Jolie was kidnapped on Saturday at Table Mountain.
- Animal welfare organizations are urging pet owners to be extra careful after a dog was kidnapped last weekend and a ransom of R500 has been demanded.
- SAPS says no crime has been committed and no arrests have been made.
- Allan Perrins, spokesperson for the Animal Welfare Society of SA said they were “shocked and disgusted” that no one had been arrested.
Animal welfare organizations rallied after a Jack Russel was kidnapped at Table Mountain and no one was arrested for it.
Cape of Good Hope SPCA spokeswoman Belinda Abraham said what happened to the dog over the weekend was appalling.
“Depriving an animal of water is an act of cruelty to animals. We encourage all pet owners to ensure that their pets are microchipped and always kept on a leash when they are on the move,” he said. she declared.
Journalist Lisette Lombard, 45, told News24 she was in total shock and was “exhausted” after Saturday’s ordeal.
Lombard said Jolie was running about 20 yards behind her and when she looked again the dog was gone.
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What followed was a frantic three-hour search for Jolie before Lombard received a “creepy phone call” from four men who had taken her dog away.
“They wouldn’t return my dog unless I paid them 500 rand,” she said.
Lombard said she was told where she was to meet the men to hand over the money in exchange for her dog.
After back-and-forth negotiations with the appellant, Lombard encountered a group of four men around 7:00 p.m. that same evening, near the Blue Route shopping center in Tokai.
“When they met me at my car, the man had a broken bottle in his hand and demanded that I hand over the money. He then signaled his car with three other men inside to pass and started to go back up – when I jumped up and asked him to hand my dog over. They then handed my dog over, “Lombard said.
Lombard said Jolie didn’t want to take a walk on Sunday and only wanted to sleep and stay home.
Jolie was kidnapped on Saturday.
“When I mentioned the word ‘walk’ she shivered a bit – so I just kept her home for the day. She is very cuddly today but seems to be doing well. she added.
Police spokesman Brigadier Novela Potelwa said an official involved in the case said he and a colleague assisted a complainant who visited Kirstenhof police station on Saturday evening.
“A report from the police official in question does not suggest that a crime took place during this period. Regarding the question of the prevalence of dog abductions in Cape Town, this would take some time to be determined. and cannot be answered now, ”says Potelwa.
The chairman of community safety in the Western Cape provincial parliament, Reagan Allen, said the department wrote to the provincial police commissioner to find out if similar cases had been reported in the past year.
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“I call on SAPS to investigate the allegations that a dog kidnapping union was operating in Cape Town, although it is too early to speculate on the functioning of such a union; we encourage dog owners to remain vigilant and report these issues to SAPS. Allen said.
My dog was kidnapped at Table Mountain today by a union. I was taken at random for a reward. She was literally only about 20m behind me and when I looked again she was gone. Luckily with the police in Kirstenhof we managed to get her back tonight @TableMountainNP @CityofCT ???? pic.twitter.com/AADhPL9vcG
– Lisette Lombard (@LisLombard) October 9, 2021
According to the department, there were community safety kiosks that provided residents with an easy point of access to law enforcement and law enforcement and provided a safe area for victims while awaiting a response from SAPS – which could also. be parked at Table Mountain and / or any other area potentially affected by crime.
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“There are currently 40 community safety kiosks available, and the plan is to expand to safety partners, therefore these issues need to be reported to SAPS, so the department can help by providing a safety kiosk – as the resources are better allocated according to needs and evidence to curb any criminal element, ”added the department.
Animal Welfare Society of SA spokesperson Allan Perrins said the organization was deeply “shocked and disgusted” that SAPS did not make any arrests after Lombard’s dog was kidnapped.
Jolie was kidnapped on Saturday.
“There must be some consequence for the actions of these perpetrators. Allowing these men to extort money from someone in exchange for their animal is not fair. It can be seen as incitement to commit wrongdoing, ”Perrins added.
According to AWS, a crime has been committed – men stole a dog and demanded money for the safe return of the animal.
“To avoid other cases like these, we encourage dog owners to be extra vigilant when going out with their pets, if a group of men could steal a dog in broad daylight, demand it. money for returning the dog to the owner after receiving payment and not getting arrested, preventing more people from doing the same, ”Perrins said.